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Who do you want to be president–Joe Biden or Donald Trump?

On poll after poll, Democratic voters say the ability to unseat Donald Trump in a general election is the quality they value most in a Democratic candidate. As of August 2019, the field is lead by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. We want to know who you would vote for over President Donald Trump in the general election. 


Biden's primary arguments for his candidacy have been that he has the most experience out of anyone else in the field and that he is the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump in a general election. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius, agreed with this assertion.

Joe Biden’s limitations as a presidential candidate are so obvious that they’re almost a litany: He’s too old, too white, too male, too touchy-feely, too loquacious. But he has one huge plus: He may be the person who could move President Trump out of the White House.
Biden, the former vice president, rightly put the obligation of replacing Trump at the center of his announcement Thursday that he’s running. “The core values of this nation — our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America, America — is at stake,” he said.
...With all his blarney and sometimes tedious speechifying, he's obviously, uncontestably a decent person. He would be far from an ideal president, let alone a Democratic candidate. Maybe in one of those blessed miracles of American democracy that produced our greatest presidents, someone else will emerge who's younger, smarter, more representative of a diverse electorate.
But right now, Biden looks most like the person who could beat Trump. And that’s Job One.

Since entering the race, Biden has mostly proven this assertion correct, remaining steadfastly at the top of every poll. Per Time:

Before Joe Biden announced his presidential campaign, the former vice president privately worried about the fundamentals. Could he raise the money needed to mount a credible campaign? Could he assemble a diverse and experienced staff? Would he be a good fit for a Democratic base that’s drifted more to the left since he last ran?
A month into the campaign, Biden has checked each of those boxes, and then some.
He is raising — and spending — a mountain of cash; his one-day haul of $6.3 million sets him ahead of the Democratic pack, as does his $1.3 million (and counting) outlay on Facebook. He’s recruited an experienced and representative team of aides. And he has remained since his campaign launch atop the field of would-be rivals, including some who are much more liberal.

Biden has been cagey with many of his beliefs, refusing to provide the same kinds of detailed policy papers as many of opponents. Not only that, he has switched dramatically on several issues after seeing his original viewpoint was no longer possible. CNN explains one such instance, having to do with Biden's stance on a decades' old abortion law.

To review, Biden had long supported the Hyde Amendment, a provision in federal law barring the use of federal funds for abortion. He was not alone. Many Democrats have concurred with Hyde, albeit reluctantly, if only to forestall more drastic restrictions.
But recent moves toward draconian limits on abortion in the states, and fears over the future of Roe v. Wade with a new Supreme Court alignment, have created a backlash among abortion-rights voters and Hyde is now a target.
When Biden was asked twice by a woman on the campaign trail whether he would support the repeal of Hyde, he gave her an unqualified yes. But when video of the exchange surfaced last week, his campaign said he had "misheard" the question and still supported the ban.
Twenty-four hours later, after drawing fire from opponents and pleas from supporters, Biden reversed field again and announced his opposition to Hyde.
Compounding the awkwardness of this flip-flop-flip were the post-mortem stories in which Biden's staff at first appeared to take credit for his change of mind and then said he made the decision himself in the car en route to the dinner at which he announced it.

Some are saying his actions involving the Hyde Amendment demonstrate a deep lack of care running through his campaign.


Biden frequently bemoans the bygone era of governance, in which he claims more work was accomplished in Congress. Biden touts his moderate viewpoints and ability to reach across the aisle to collaborate as strengths in his quest for the Oval Office. However, the former Vice President was recently criticized for comments he made during a fundraiser with wealthy donors in New York. AP News reports:

The controversy began at a New York fundraiser Tuesday when Biden pointed to long-dead segregationist senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia to argue that Washington functioned more smoothly a generation ago than under today’s “broken” hyperpartisanship.
“We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden said of the two men, who were prominent senators when Biden was elected in 1972. Biden described Talmadge as “one of the meanest guys I ever knew” and said Eastland called him “son,” though not “boy,” a reference to the racist way many whites addressed black men at the time.
Yet even in that Senate, Biden said, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.”

Many saw Biden's comments as evidence of a deep misunderstanding of the severity of racism in the country. 


Many of Biden's African-American colleagues rushed to his defense, saying he was merely illustrating a point, not minimizing the severity of the mens' racist views. Per the New York Times:

“I don’t see anything different in what Biden said to what we all do over here,” Mr. Clyburn said. “He didn’t say anything more than I would say to describe my work with Strom Thurmond and a few others.”
Mr. Clyburn, who participated in civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s, said that Democrats of his generation needed to develop working relationships with segregationist Southern politicians like Thurmond, his state’s longtime senator.
The Rev. Joseph Darby, an influential African-American pastor from South Carolina — a state where polls show Mr. Biden with a commanding lead, currently, among black voters — dismissed the notion that Mr. Biden should apologize.
“People look at his overall record rather than cherry-picking some of the things he says,” said Mr. Darby, a longtime ally of Mr. Biden’s who also spoke positively about Ms. Harris and Ms. Warren. “They weren’t the examples I would use, but I don’t think that merits an apology. He was talking about the way the Senate used to work. That’s the way the Senate used to work.”

He was not showcasing a misunderstanding of racism, he was merely clarifying his skills as a moderate alternative candidate. 


But some see Biden's problems as more biological than idealogical. At 72, Biden would surpass President Donald Trump as the oldest president in history if he were to win the office. Vox reports, some voters are concerned a person that age may not be up to the rigors of the presidency.

Biden’s age comes up with voters on the campaign trail. Numerous voters in Iowa and New Hampshire told Vox “he’s too old” when asked whether they were considering Biden.
“I hate to say it, but you need someone younger. He’s my age.” Dawn Bassett, 72, of Kanawha, Iowa, said of Biden.
“I liked Biden as vice president, but Joe has seen his days. I think he’s too old,” Sarah Morris of Waterford, Vermont, said at an Elizabeth Warren event in New Hampshire.
...“It’s not an issue of numerical age, but it’s an issue of how you act and do you look like you’re up to the job, and that’s why you’re not hearing about Sanders,” said Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murray.
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