Dr. Jill Biden offered a less than inspiring pitch while campaigning for her husband, Joe Biden, in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday. A video released by NBC News shows the former second lady telling a group of educators that while they may prefer other candidates, theirs may not have the electability edge that people are erroneously convinced only Biden possesses.
“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election,” Biden said. “And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘O.K., I sort of personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
It’s a sad pitch, but it’s a pitch that has worked... for a while.
Biden has dominated the Democratic field thus far, but as the New York Times reports, “he has seen his leads in Iowa and New Hampshire slide in some surveys, and his overall favorability rating has dipped as a presidential candidate.” And though a recent string of gaffes may not have had a major hit on his numbers, accidentally likening black kids to poor kids couldn’t have helped. Polls indicate that Senator Elizabeth Warren is now chipping away at the Biden’s electability buffer, so if the “please vote for my uninspiring husband” rhetoric increases twofold over the next few months, we’ll know that Biden’s electability factor—the only thing really going for him—might soon be DOA.