Aug 20, 2019

Jill Biden tells voters to pick the candidate who can beat Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former second lady Jill Biden at a May campaign rally in Philadelphia. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jill Biden has a message for voters backing 2020 rivals of her husband, Joe Biden: Your candidate may be better on a policy issue, but the bottom line is "we have to beat [President] Trump."

What she's saying: In video filmed by MSNBC at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday, she said, "I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who's going to win this race." She pointed to his consistently strong poll numbers, with some showing he'd beat Trump.

The other side: A June Quinnipiac University national poll found the former vice president and 5 other Democratic candidates would beat Trump in a head-to-head matchup.

The big picture: A Reuters/Ipsos poll published this month in which Biden emerges as the favorite just ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders finds 36% of Democrats simply want a candidate who can win.

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Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Biden bombarded with bad headlines

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Of the 100 stories about Joe Biden that have received the most social media attention over the last three weeks, 77 were negative, according to data from NewsWhip exclusively provided to Axios.

  • Of the 25 biggest, 24 were negative.

The big picture: While stories about Biden may be generating more interactions on social media than his 2020 rivals, it's largely because he's getting ripped apart in those pieces.

Go deeperArrowSep 8, 2019

Warren takes a swipe at Biden in front of record crowd in Seattle

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Democratic National Committee's Aug. 23 meeting. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined her economic credentials and took a swipe at Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden when asked how she'd defeat President Trump, as she drew the largest crowd of her campaign Sunday in Seattle, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The perception is that as a former vice president, Biden is the most electable candidate, which is central to his enduring strength, Bloomberg notes. Indeed, Jill Biden urged Democrats at a campaign event last week to think about the electability of candidates. Your candidate may be better on a policy issue, but the bottom line is "we have to beat Trump," she said.

Go deeperArrowAug 26, 2019

What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Photo Illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos via Sean Rayford and Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

It's the moment everybody's been waiting for: Tonight's Democratic debate in Houston will be the first face-off on the primary stage between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

Why it matters: They appeal to totally different wings in the Democratic Party. Warren's momentum has moved her to the No. 2 spot in national polls and narrowed Biden's lead. Tonight's matchup has the potential to be an even bigger split-screen moment than when Kamala Harris took on Biden at the first debate — and Biden's team knows it.

Go deeperArrowSep 12, 2019