Former DNC head and former presidential candidate Howard Dean dismissed fellow Democrat Vice President Joe Biden’s chances of winning the presidency, saying on NBC’s Today that it was too late to enter the race.
Dean was on the show to defend Hillary Clinton from her private email scandal, which Dean dismissed as a GOP ‘witch hunt… I think she’s been completely truthful and this is an attempt by the Republicans to smear the frontrunner early on.”
But then host Matt Lauer pivoted to another potential Democratic contender. “If Joe Biden were to come to you and say, ‘Howard, as a former leader of this party and a guy who ran for president in 2004, I’m considering getting in. Should I jump in? Do I have a change to win?’ What would you tell him?”
Dean said that while he respects Biden, he had “no appeal whatsoever to people under 35. People under 35 elected Barack Obama President of the United States.”
“I think it makes sense to have a candidate– and I think Hillary is one, I think [Bernie Sanders] is another– who really can turn on the under-35 set,” he continued. “And I think that would be a problem for Joe. So you know, he’s served us incredibly well, I just think that it is probably too late for that.”
Watch, via NBC.
[h/t Daily Caller]
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