‘He’s seen as more of a centrist…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Joe Biden hasn’t officially announced a 2020 bid for the presidency, but as he continues to drop hints and other Democrats confirm his intentions, former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) said the former Vice President “strikes fear in a lot of Republicans.”
“He can speak to those states that President Trump won, the Rust Belt in particular, and he’s seen as more of a centrist. He was a senator for 30 some years. He knows how to work with the Senate, with the Congress, and I think that’s certainly one that worries Republicans,” Flake said on Tuesday on CBS News.
Biden has previously said he was waiting for his family’s approval before announcing a run for the White House, but a senior Democratic lawmaker recently confirmed to The Hill that Biden will be announcing his campaign in the next few weeks.
“I’m giving it a shot,” Biden told the lawmaker over the phone last week.
Biden also asked the Democratic lawmaker for his support — a request the lawmaker did not commit to.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., a former Biden staffer, told The Hill that when Biden enters the race, he’ll be an immediate front runner.
“At this stage in life, he doesn’t have a lot to lose and has a lot to gain. And he has a lot to offer the country,” Connolly said. “He offers the prospect of some desperately needed healing in this country after this scourge.”
Flake said that although Biden will be a strong candidate, he hopes that someone within the Republican Party will step up and challenge President Donald Trump in the primary, though he said he sees little chance of this happening.
“I really don’t think there’s going to be a serious challenge. John Kasich has talked about it and he would be a strong candidate, I believe. He has a strong record as governor, back in Congress as well. But he’s not decided to do so. Larry Hogan has been talked about. He has a strong record,” Flake said. “I hope that somebody does if only a remind to Republicans what it means to be conservative and what it means to be decent. I do hope somebody runs.”