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Joe Biden’s big 2020 problem

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Biden’s long political history means he’ll have to face some major obstacles on his way to the Democratic nomination. Here’s a look at the challenges he’ll face as he enters the 2020 race. SOURCES AND FURTHER READING: Biden: I'd want to be last person to announce 2020 run https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/04/06/joe-biden-2020-decision-last-person-sot-vpx.cnn Joe Biden’s history of presidential runs https://www.msnbc.com/stephanie-ruhle/watch/joe-biden-s-history-of-presidential-runs-1502160963703 Joe Biden Plans to Close Foundation When He Enters 2020 Race https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/politics/joe-biden-foundation-president.html Lucy Flores isn’t alone. Joe Biden has a long history of touching women inappropriately. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/29/18241598/joe-biden-lucy-flores-touching-women-media-history-explained’ Trump embraces 'Crazy Bernie Sanders' or 'Sleepy Joe Biden' as 2020 opponent https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/17/trump-sanders-biden-2020-1278762 Joe Biden may face uphill climb in early states https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/21/politics/inside-politics-forecast-april-21/index.html About me: I was named "best dressed" in 7th grade. That, along with being CNN's editor at large and author of the daily "Point" newsletter are my proudest achievements. Look for me here every Tuesday and Thursday to find out what’s really going down in politics. CREDITS Writer: Chris Cillizza The Point team: Brenna Williams, Leigh Munsil Editor: Steven Sevilla Producer: Maya Dangerfield Follow Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cillizzac/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cillizzacnn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.cillizza/ Subscribe to The Point newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/cnn/dvgb325pfm #CNN #Cillizza #Biden
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Bran Evans (17 hours ago)
His big problem? He likes rubbing little girls and sniffing their hair!!!  What if he mistakes Kim Jong Un for a little girl and starts doing all that stuff?
DJ W (2 days ago)
Is Chris Cilizza a journalist or a cringe-worthy talent-less comedian? Biden has >99 problems and getting my vote IS one of them.
Yiwan Ye (11 days ago)
plz don't nominate another protector of elites
toto now (12 days ago)
CNN, owed by AT&T Oligarchs, is scared to death of Bernie Sanders. Are you an Oligarch? No? Well do not listen to CNN lies. Find out for yourself. Then vote for Senator Sanders.
Jalal Sabbagh (13 days ago)
REST ASSURED JOE BIDEN , will do what ever Nancy and Chuck Schumer want , .For 8 miserable years he did what Valerie Jarrett wanted Joe to do..DNC made him join the 24 other democrats incompetent candidates to kick B S (Bernie Sander) out of the race , Democrat did this when Hilary was became the democrats NOMINEE AND KICKED B . S OUT IN 2016 .GUESS WHAT ?? YOU CAN NOT TRUST DEMOCRATS all they hve Like Hilary lieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
nicawi46 (13 days ago)
I’m in my mid-30s and was recently discussing the upcoming elections with 3 people in their 60s. They were absolutely sure that it can be no other candidate other than Biden but assured me that when it came down to it, they would vote for whichever democratic candidate was elected. By and large the explanation that I kept hearing over and over from them is “Biden is the most electable.” So when I would ask why, the answer would be multiple shades of “because he is the one that can win against Trump and that is the number one goal.” I was left confused as to what makes him the best candidate. I really really really don’t get it. But this explanation and a recent breakdown of polls by Vox begins to make sense of it for me but it still doesn’t sit well. What I see is that Biden is a household name for the older more moderate generation. But this is exactly why I don’t agree that he is the most electable. Trump was supposedly the least electable in his party but he reached the (albeit weirdly angry white) base he needed to reach to gain popularity. Biden is not only too safe but just too old school in his politics—and his creepy ways are, well, yes, in the past, but still occurred no matter how many ways he finds to justify that it was a “different time.” It seems to me, that many in older generations don’t even want to give other candidates a say. I believe it’s because they hear the words communist and socialist being thrown around by the other party and they’re afraid other candidates won’t be able to reach across the aisles. These words were vulgar to their generation. If people would only listen to what the real agendas of each candidate are, hopefully they’d understand that those words are attached to these candidates to damage them but in reality do not describe their agendas. We all need to listen to the candidates and their true agendas. I tend to like the candidates with the most clear agendas and the ones that have been fighting the fight not just talking about it. Sanders and Warren are high on my list because they bring high levels of knowledge of their constituents and experience, but I look forward to listening to each candidate’s ideas. I think Biden has too much baggage and I tend to think he will say what he needs to say for votes. Please, people of all age groups, do not automatically vote based on the “general view of electability.” Listen to each candidate and make your voice heard. Trump is a nasty bully and he does need to go.
nicawi46 (13 days ago)
Edit: *Trump is a nasty incompetent bully...
Hona Wikeepa (14 days ago)
Pedo Joe Biden is a Chinese agent.
Robert Herp (14 days ago)
Joe Biden. So selfish of him to do what he is doing now. Just give the people what they want. Now its probably gonna be another Trump term. I'm not gonna vote for that Garbage, I'd rather stay home honestly. Biden had alot of trump policies but just hides it under the disguise of a Democrat. We are so screwed and we do nothing about it... I can see why so many older people I know just don't even vote anymore.
nathanlief (15 days ago)
What? is CNN being honest for once? Is CNN trying to become respectable/honest in 2019?
Arturo Cardoni (15 days ago)
The reason why Biden is the most known candidate is because he has the support of the media and the establishment. Who try so hard to ignore Bernie Sanders, while protecting Biden from his horrible record! You never say that the reason Obama picked Biden was to appease White voters at the time, because otherwise Obama would appear too progressive. Because that way you're able to create a false association with Obama and paint a different picture in people's minds!
mike nicol (15 days ago)
This is propaganda in favor of Biden, trying to sound like its critical of Biden
bettyboop17d (16 days ago)
This is supposed to be the list of why people might not vote for him?? What about Policy. He voted for the crime bill, he supported the was in Iraq. He has been on the wrong side of history numerous times. He is still taking massive corporate donations. He hardly has any policies to speak of. He is a terrible candidate for more reasons than the superficial points cover on here.
bettyboop17d (16 days ago)
No he doesnt have the best odds. Bernie 2020. He is a Male version of hillary. Democrats dont learn
danpakoman (18 days ago)
Biden will lose. The American people might dislike Trump, but Biden will not be that much better.
James Wadsworth (19 days ago)
He likes to grope people this is problem
Lee Alexander (19 days ago)
Actually Biden and Sanders are tied in Iowa. Biden is only running for a single term. Sanders, who would be our first Jewish president, is a few months older than Biden but plans to run for both terms with a significantly younger female VP. While Biden has been consistently wrong on the issues with disastrous results yet refused to acknowledge any error on his part. Sanders has been consistently on the right side of history, often years before anyone else came to understand it. He has proven leadership ability while Biden rides the coattails of others. The only reason he was Obama's VP was to make white people more comfortable with a black President. While Biden is a barely disguised Republican Sanders is a good old fashioned small d Democrat. Biden is notorious for sniffling, kissing, massaging and nose rubbing little girls and women whether he knows them or not. If you don't think the Republicans will hit him hard with that, I've already seen some of what they have lined up complete with video. It's not pretty. They will hit Sanders with Socialism but they will hit every Democrat with Socialism. While the rest will back pedal and go on the defensive Sanders will just double down which is a far better strategy because it allows him to stay comfortably on the offensive. In a debate once you go on the defensive you lose.
Marty ponish (20 days ago)
biden been a disgraced lying loser for over 50 years he tells lies he believes lies he spreads lies
I know about Theodor Herzl, do you? (21 days ago)
Zionist media. It's so obvious.
Fancy Brooks (22 days ago)
A LOT of registered Democrats are conservatives. We just cannot be a part of the racist and misogynistic Republican Party. Between the two of them, the Democratic Party is the lesser of two evils. I don't have a problem with Biden. He proved as vice president that he can effectively work with the other side to get things done. Our country needs that. There is much damage that has to be undone because of trump and McConnell and the congressional Republicans.
Kim Fenech (23 days ago)
He’s a perp.
Stone Cold (23 days ago)
As far as Democrat candidates, its Tulsi Gabbard or nobody for me.
Jose Gonzalez (23 days ago)
Biden will age 5 years by the time he makes it to Trump...if he makes it against all these younger opponents.
Jose Gonzalez (23 days ago)
He's got no chance against pitbull Donald Trump....The President will tearing to shreds...best next choice i the gay guy whose name I can't pronounce....and lets be honest, are we really ready for a homosexual in the White House...not me(Independent) nor millions of older Democrats.
Freedonia Official (24 days ago)
His child molesting, just not according to the pervs at CNN
Golddee33 Rich (24 days ago)
KEDRA CURRY (25 days ago)
Well as a Afro Latino woman he is a No. He is a bigot. He is who’s favorite?
R. Jay Gill (26 days ago)
Problem is he was part of a corrupt administration
Harshit Madan (27 days ago)
So Democrat Party openly hates white males.
Cornelius Givens (27 days ago)
Fuck Biden
byron silas (29 days ago)
That asswipe the sniffer is stuck in (1950's) Cuba, retire eff wad, it's not like you need the money, you stole enough, period.....
vickytjaden (29 days ago)
So this guy had been a losser in other campaings and all of rhe sudden became "the last coke of rhe desert" ??? Realy? The man is too old to be President!!!!
LeoDa2K_ G0D (30 days ago)
Biden’s time is up
George Montgomery (1 month ago)
Andrew Yang 2020
S Games (1 month ago)
Does this man have a 3 year memory span? I think I saw this garbage a couple of years ago, and it was as unfunny and lying as it is now.
bob Bunni (1 month ago)
You actually didn't talk about his big problems....Ukraine....china...
wilecatrexy (1 month ago)
Joe Biden? What about all time he gets touchy, feely, overly caressing women and little girls. Im not lying. See for yourself. And it appears that this media supports him?
Trill Monger (1 month ago)
mopthermopther (1 month ago)
Biden is a has-been who never was. (R)
rob morrison (1 month ago)
Joe Biden , gropes young children so he needs his ass handed to him
Haat Praat (1 month ago)
Strange hearing the name of Anita Hill again. During the first of my only 2 trips to the USA, a driving holiday through California, Nevada and Arizona with my girlfriend, now wife and mother of our 2 daughters all we listened to in the car was this Clarence Thomas / Anita Hill saga and quite honestly we were shocked at the levels of racism being openly displayed. Regardless, I love US Presidential primaries and general elections. The sleaze and the dirt involved is better than watching a political series from Netflix. Most elections in Europe are nothing short of boring. May the biggest sleazebag win!
Kevin Garlick (1 month ago)
that was a real nice try you fucking shill
Andrey Wong (1 month ago)
His videos of inappropriately touching kids and women are horrible and shocking.
John Hearn (1 month ago)
I don't think the central committee Is on board with joe. Nor Bernie. The young kennedy Boy could Blow trump away. The problem is There isn't any clear leader in the Klan. Maybe if Caroline called the Shots they'd have a team.
apple-sauce (1 month ago)
Creepy propaganda is creepy
Kyle Dalsimer (1 month ago)
Someone please explain to me why this man still has a job?
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0:14 - if by best odds you mean full Establishment, DNC, SuperPac and Big Donor support I agree Edit - Biden wont beat Trump
Crusher 36 (1 month ago)
Trump 2020! 🇺🇸
Max Randolph (1 month ago)
People who use government as a career is sad. that means I can get a real job in the market. The dems also run against capitalism and write books about how bad capitalism is and get rich off their hate of capitalism with capitalism. Odd right. Its call lying.
Max Randolph (1 month ago)
He's the foot in the door for the crazies on the left.
Jennifer Langston (1 month ago)
What new ideas is Biden bringing? NONE!
Jennifer Langston (1 month ago)
Bernie is the right choice for the people. CNN is a corporate supporter, they don’t care about the people. Bernie 2020
sebastianludar (1 month ago)
Mayor Pete for president
Albert Bradburn (1 month ago)
CNN think they can win it for him with their fake news
Albert Bradburn (1 month ago)
Bull he has to deal with his sons money problems maybe his problem too
John Woodard (1 month ago)
Just give the Biden filth over to the Ukraine they want him for a lot
Tac (1 month ago)
Hey Joe take a seat over there
rolback (1 month ago)
Maybe white privileged groping Joe Biden could call the majority of the country deplorables? That could jump start his campaign.
Glen Bolderson (1 month ago)
We'll see what the polls are after Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders roll over that tired old fool. He's old, boring, tired, he has no new ideas and limited appeal unless your over 65.
YoshimizRobots (1 month ago)
He should run in the Republican primaries
otakonlover10 (1 month ago)
Not gonna talk about his racist history cnn is a fucking joke
TrueLies (1 month ago)
Biden is the most exciting candidate since Hillary Clinton.
Stacey C (1 month ago)
I'll tell you his problem. Nobody wants this guy but YOU. If you are a betting person and you bet on Biden you want to lose. This ain't 30 years ago .
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Sorry Democrats am mainstream media both of you together still stand no chance in beating President Trump in 2020
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Does not matter who in the world both or outside of politics stands almost no chance to beat President Trump in 2020. There is currently nobody nowhere can post political achievements an record breaking success to beat President Trump. Thats all foks
Mada 7386 (1 month ago)
Hi from indonesia here,i just wonder why a lot people hates biden? Let me know the answer
Cary Revels (1 month ago)
Will the real Biden stand up., He is a Moron he says he is progressive then centrist etc. Say no to Joe..
Jason (1 month ago)
Funny how CNN thinks being moderate and not radical is a bad thing
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Simple Biden All name recognition no poicy success ever or current proposal for 2020 BIDEN OBAMA 3.0. Sanders has base policies to propose and a strong candidate against all dems
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Biden loses to Sanders in primaries only if the DNC do cheat BEARNIE SANDERS AGAIN.
Terrance Upham (1 month ago)
Told ya CNN 2 weeks later again IM RIGHT
Tonixxy (1 month ago)
Interesting how dems are anti-racist but everything is about race and minorities with them......
Tonixxy (1 month ago)
Wtf is this, Geriatric wars? How old will both he and Trump be after 5 years?
john smith (1 month ago)
if you did what he does at a place of your employment you would be fired.
Herlindo Landavazo (1 month ago)
Bully Biden
Russell James (1 month ago)
He doesn’t have the best odds
Bobo C (1 month ago)
I can't imagine anyone being able to watch CNN without vomiting or kicking the tv.
burnitdwn (1 month ago)
Biden wants 4 more years of trump.
Redric Davis (1 month ago)
Sla V (1 month ago)
The title should say. Biden likely to win Democratic Nomination and Bernie more likely to win General Election.
EtchedInStone (1 month ago)
Being 78 years old in 2020 is a huge problem. Vote Buttigieg!
Peanut and Oreo Basset (1 month ago)
I wouldn’t vote for either of them.
TU nguyen (1 month ago)
cnn gRbsge
Robert Broadwell (1 month ago)
Biden’s biggest problem (other than extreme age) is not inappropriate touching/fondling.........it’s his past affiliation with KKK members like Robert Byrd, his stance on desegregation, and patently racist remarks over the years....all on record. The fact he is an “old white heterosexual establishment male” will also cause both heterophobes and CaucasiaPhobic and people to simply sit on the sidelines instead of voting. Biden is really the antithesis of the new Socialist/Democratic Party, and especially Obama supporters..
Mattcomo (1 month ago)
How can you talk about Biden's biggest hurdles in 2020 and mention Bernie this scantly, hes obviously Biden's biggest opponent. But the establishment democrats at CNN don't want to give the spotlight to the only candidate that will actually bring political change and be able to beat Trump #Bernie2020
Nicholas Reed (1 month ago)
I support Biden for the sole reason he is moderate. Both sides have lost their minds assuming the other is totally evil. It's sad and downright sickening. Biden is a person. Obama is a person. Romney is a person. Trump is a person. The fact that we are no longer able to view each other as people breaks my heart, and I pray we get back to a place that we can. And I know I'm going to have all manner of horrible things thrown at me for stating this, but to all those who feel the need too, I truly, truly hope you have a wonderful day. I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful day.
Not Todd Howard (1 month ago)
Biden is Trump's dream come true. Trump can't lose to him if he tried, just like Hillary.
Maga Rock (1 month ago)
he's backed by Fake Corporate News like this!
truth warrior7711 (1 month ago)
trump 2020!!!
chilldude30 (1 month ago)
jcsrst (1 month ago)
Biden is a Corporate DNC pick, He is all Dirty with corporate money. I don't read positive comments on youtube, probably because his supporters are so old they don't know about youtube! Biden is a republican. Bernie 2020.
Varun Pilla (1 month ago)
All these comments are completely fake and certainly being made and voted on by hundreds of computers in Russia. If not Russia, somewhere else. No subtlety
ruslan petrovski (1 month ago)
Biden's big 2020 problem is...............HILLARY WILL RUN AGAIN.
small ed (1 month ago)
The fact that he's a raving pedophile of 40 years?
micheal connelly (1 month ago)
"moderate" you mean supporting the wars on drugs and terror?
micheal connelly (1 month ago)
fuck joe biden, eat my ass
Jonathan Koller (1 month ago)
he's behind Sanders in the polls though?
Jonathan Puigvert (1 month ago)
This video is bullcrap, what a flimsy vacuous summary of Biden's record! Let's do a real one: 1) Biden has promoted segregation: Biden started his political career by touting segregationist propaganda, from keeping people of colour and whites in separate buses to promoting segregation in school; 2) Biden is one of the main architects of the laws that caused mass incarceration in the US: Biden was one of the main architects of the legislation that prompted a disproportionate number of minority individuals to be in jail (the infamous war on drugs) and that has made the US the country with the biggest share of the population in jail in the world; 3) Biden is a fervent proponent of regime change wars: Biden voted for both Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he is also supporting the proposed invasion of Venezuela by Donnie; 4) a staunch supporter of Big Pharma and Wall Street: Biden infamously fought -and won thanks to the Democratic Establishment- against Liz Warren's proposal to rein in predatory lending. He has also fervently fought any effort to limit the outrageous ravaging of Big Pharma and the Insurance industry on healthcare. As a matter of fact, do you wanna know Biden's plan on healthcare? Do nothing at all. Moreover, even under the current economy that requires most people to achieve at least a college degree to be competitive, he has no plans to make education more affordable. H hope everybody is sick and tired of these vacuous politicians trying to win votes with general platitudes and "feel-good" music in their campaigns. I think it is time for a politician that has an actual plan to save America to get into office and a credible record on pursuing relentlessly such agenda.
Jason Marcel (1 month ago)
The only problem Biden has is a lazy fucking American media that thinks smelling a woman's hair is on the exact same level as "Grab her by the pussy." Just look at all the triggered Trumper assholes flooding the comments with their fucking bile, pretending like Biden is somehow worse than their big fat fucking orange traitor president.
Jeremy Gregorio (1 month ago)
Biden's only policy is to end Social Security (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjfs4B-i06o). And no, you right wing hack, we don't like him. Those polls are fake, they're over sampling people over 50. You know this you little weasel. It was in the methodology section of the polls you're citing. And who the hell cares what his skin color or the junk between his legs is. What matters is POLICY. Vote Bernie
Luke Morris (1 month ago)
6:24 Biden is far more liberal than Bernie. Liberal means centrist you misinformed dope.