Joe Biden claims that he & # 39; beaten up & # 39; in the Democratic presidential primary & # 39; because I am not the socialist & # 39; – in contrast to rival Bernie Sanders.
The former vice-president claimed a claim to a fundraiser in Florida on Monday evening at a time when the socialist label was being thrown away as an insult to the primary trial.
Both Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have worked to conquer the left wing of the Democratic Party – as opposed to the more moderate roots of Biden.
Joe Biden claims that he & # 39; beaten up & # 39; in the Democratic presidential primary & # 39; because I am not the socialist & # 39;
Biden has called Bernie Sanders a socialist and Elizabeth Warren also wants to conquer the left wing of the Democratic Party
Biden criticized Sanders as a socialist in the democratic primary debate in September when the two men became confused about health care.
& # 39; For a socialist you have much more faith in American business than I do, & # 39; Biden told him.
The socialist label has been thrown into the Democratic primary field, especially in the health debate and about which candidates support Medicare For All, a universal health care plan and the Green New Deal, a climate proposal led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Sanders and Warren both defended proposals.
And Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist.
& # 39; What I am trying to do in many ways is to continue where Franklin Delano Roosevelt has stopped & # 39 ;, he said CNBC in an interview that was broadcast on Tuesday.
He also claimed to be more liberal than Warren, pointing out that she describes herself as a capitalist.
& # 39; It's not just more regulation. It's about involving millions of people, working people, young people, people who believe in justice, in the political process, to tell the business elite that enough is enough, & he said.
Liberals have complained about the term & # 39; socialist & # 39; used – such a label could harm the Democratic candidate in the general election, causing the person being attacked to move the country to the left.
Donald Trump in his campaign matches has accused Democrats of being led by the most liberal party members and suggested that they want to make the United States a socialist country like Venezuela.
Now Biden is raising the label as his campaign is piled up – a contrast to his early status in the race when he was seen as the democrat who would probably defeat the president in November 2020.
Warren has surpassed Biden in some polls while Democrats are concerned about the state of the Biden campaign – his fundraising, his poll numbers and now making sure he will flop in all major Iowa caucuses.
It takes less than 100 days for Democrats to cast their first vote to choose their 2020 nominee – the Iowa caowa & # 39; s from February 3.
Biden & # 39; s results in the 2008 Iowa competition ended his presidential bid that year when he came in with 1 percent of the vote.
Democrats in the state are now concerned that the former vice-president will be in third or fourth place when the caucuses take place next year.
Biden doesn't spend time with the small groups of influential voters and party officials he needs to do to get support, Democrats in Iowa told Bloomberg.
In contrast, they point to Warren and Pete Buttigieg for their well-organized efforts in Iowa.
Biden follows Warren with 5 points in the Polling average for RealClearPolitics for Iowa, with Buttigieg one point behind the former vice president.
Democrats in Iowa worry Joe Biden doesn't spend enough time campaigning there – he's taking a selfie with a voter in West Point, Iowa, last week
Democrats point out that Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have very organized campaigns in Iowa
The Biden campaign told Bloomberg that he is in the early-voting state, and points out that the former vice-president has about 70 notes with many surrogates, including his wife Jill, who is campaigning on his behalf in Iowa.
& # 39; The basis here is that we feel really good about what we do & # 39; said Pete Kavanaugh, deputy campaign leader at Biden. & # 39; We focus on two things: recruiting volunteers and district captains and talking to voters. & # 39;
A bad result in Iowa is unlikely to end the Biden campaign because the former vice president is expected to do well in South Carolina, a state with early votes where he has a strong lead in the polls.
But it is a sign of constant concern among Democrats about the strength of his operation, especially after Warren, Sanders and Buttigieg indigned him in the third quarter of this year.
Democrats grumble about all their primary choices, because no candidate has yet been set on fire in the nomination competition.
However, the other candidates are also concerned – there are concerns that Warren is too liberal to win in the general election, about Sanders' health, and that Buttigieg may not be able to go higher than white voters.
It is a well-known position for Democrats to look for the unicorn – the perfect candidate who can unite the moderate and liberal wings of the party while appealing to the larger voters in the general election, especially those workers in the Midwest they helped Trump in the White House.
The party usually goes through a crisis of candidates during a presidential primary season and longs for someone to save them from the slate for them.