Former Vice President Joe Biden is in the race for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A day after Biden’s video announcement, President Trump slammed the 76 year old, boasting to reporters at the White House, “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe. I don’t know about him.”
Some Democrats share Trump’s skepticism. Former 2016 Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile warns that the old school politician faces a Democratic Party different even from the party his old boss, former President Obama, captivated in 2008. Brazile advises that the compulsively tactile Scranton, Pennsylvania native has to attract a younger base shaped by the #MeToo movement.
The Washington Post reports that “a number of Democratic strategists — including former Obama campaign staffers and donors” caution that “Biden's push to cast himself as an extension of [Obama] is going to be an uphill battle.”
Meanwhile, the New York Times reveals that back in 2015, Obama discouraged Biden from picking up the presidential torch. Over a series of private lunches, Obama “gently pressed” his number two to sit the 2016 race out.
Despite an underwhelmed press, Biden’s campaign reports it raised $6.3 million in its first 24 hours, topping his closest rival, 77 year old Bernie Sanders. Polling analyst Nate Silver points out “Biden’s support isn’t just name recognition... He has the highest favorable ratings in the field” of 20 Democratic rivals.
“Uncle Joe” may not set pulses racing, but already scoring a 6 point lead over Trump, Biden is giving the young and vibrant 72 year old Trump a run for the money.