Former second lady Jill Biden made the case for her husband to be the Democratic presidential nominee Monday with a candid analysis for how to beat President Donald Trump: “Electability.” “I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that,” Biden said at a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire, to a group of teachers. “But I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.”
Biden’s message on electability Monday underlines a key strength for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. Since officially launching his presidential bid in April, Biden has polled above the rest of the crowded Democratic primary field, even as the first two debates have brought sharp scrutiny over his voting record.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released last month showed Biden as the only Democratic candidate who would hold a wide lead over Trump in a hypothetical general election match-up. In June, the Trump campaign fired several pollsters after the public release of internal numbers that showed the President lagging behind Biden in states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Trump later told Fox News the figures were “incorrect.”
Biden expanded on her remarks in encouraging voters to look beyond impressive issues that draw them to other candidates, guessing that the Democratic Party’s collective bottom line “has to be that we have to beat Trump.”