- The game usually attracts more than 100 million.
- Biden rejected the interview for the second year in a row
- Carville called it a missed opportunity.
President Joe Biden’s decision to skip a Super Bowl interview on CBS isn’t just a missed opportunity: It’s a sign that his staff doesn’t have “confidence” in him to perform, said Democratic campaign operative James Carville.
With an estimated audience of more than 100 million people, the opportunity to chat about sports and politics for free during an election may seem like a tempting proposition.
Sunday’s game had had a crossover demographic buzz, with viewers tuning in to see if the Kansas City Chiefs would repeat, amid interest in the off-field romance between Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.
‘When you don’t take the Super Bowl interview, you’re, I don’t know, in the polling averages, you’re down three points either way. It’s the largest television audience, not even close. And that day you have the opportunity to do a 20 or 25 minute interview and you don’t do it; that’s kind of a sign that the staff or you yourself don’t have much confidence in you.’
Democratic strategist James Carville blames President Joe Biden for rejecting the possibility of a traditional Super Bowl interview before an audience of millions.
‘There is no other way to read this. And he is not going to have debates. He is old man,” Carville continued.
Carville, 79, who helped run Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign with a relentless focus on the economy, noted that “I’m almost as old as him,” but made some telling observations about age.
‘Is It will never get better. You know, today is the youngest you will be in the rest of your life.
Carville said it is necessary to tell the entire Democratic infrastructure: ‘Okay, this is what the president is going to do.’ This is what he’s not going to do. And try to solve it, whatever it is.
Turning down a Super Bowl interview is a “sign that your staff doesn’t have a lot of confidence in you,” said political operative James Carville.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked once again about Biden’s decision to skip a Super Bowl interview.
But he said turning down the Super Bowl interview “was eye-opening.”
He then broke customs in Washington that have led a number of Republicans to be named special counsel, following special counsel Robert Hur’s explosive report that hit Biden on his memory recovery, even as he announced he would not be prosecuted over classified documents.
He also pointed to the trove of Afghan documents found in his possession that were at the center of the investigation. “I think he’s obsessed with saying he’s right” about resisting the effort to send more U.S. troops into the conflict.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre downplayed questions about the decision to overturn a Super Bowl call Tuesday, in the run-up to a game that ended up resulting in a dramatic overtime finish.
‘The viewers who tune in, tune in to watch the game, right? They want to see the game, they want to see their favorite team, they want to see a halftime show. “It’s that kind of tradition, the president will find many other ways to communicate with Americans … when the time is right,” he said.
That response came two days before Biden opted to hold a sudden press conference after the release of the Hur report, in which he went after journalists and made a mistake by referencing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.
Last year’s contest between the Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles drew 115 million viewers, with fewer tuning in to the pregame show where the president often appears. He also opted to skip a Fox News interview along with that Super Bowl.
Jean-Pierre received another question about the Super Bowl on Monday, but maintained the White House’s stance.
‘We have talked about this. We think it’s important, obviously, a tradition to watch the Super Bowl. And we think there are different ways to communicate with the American people and we’re going to try to find different ways to meet the American people where they are,” he said.