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Who should the Democratic nominee for President in 2020 be?
Biden has not publicly supported most of the "progressive" policies that other nominees are currently promoting, which will win him many votes in the general election (like from
those who voted for Obama then Trump
). Very progressive Democratic nominees
are less likely to win the votes of centrists and independents
since progressive activists only make up about 8% of the population.
Biden provides a legacy of policy achievements that have appealed across the United States compared to a maverick and divisive candidate in Trump.
Joe Biden is extremely popular with the electorate. Therefore he is likely to be competitive in the general election.
Trump's aides are rumored
to be nervous
about Biden receiving the 2020 nomination.
Much of the right's criticism of Clinton during the 2016 election was criticism of the Obama administration that she had been a part of. Biden will struggle with the same issue and it could hurt him in a general election.
Biden would be 78 in 2020. This might make it
for him to appeal to an increasingly younger Democratic voter base.
Biden is a white man with
views: as the Democrat party
moves further left
, these factors become less desirable.
Biden, alongside Bill Clinton, has been criticised over
his behaviour towards women
has a reputation
for political gaffes.
Biden has run for the Democratic presidential nomination
, in 1988 and 2008, and dropped out both times.
Being a corporate friendly centrist is antithetical to the wishes of voters on the left and right. This makes Biden a
across the aisle during the general election, which may lead to a loss of votes.