Most Biden watchers had given the former Vice President at least until the end of the year before he began to repeat his “swan-dive” into oblivion, regarding his latest Presidential bid. However, after his dismal performance at last week’s Democratic debate, the former VP’s impressive lead has plummeted dramatically.
The 76-year old politician seemed ill-suited for the quick format of the debate, at times he seemed confused and reluctant to engage, even after being targeted as a sympathetic racist by California Sen. Kamala Harris. Who stunned the progressive audience when she looked over at the visibly uncomfortable former Delaware Senator and exclaimed:
“I do not believe you are a racist.”
That attack line should have awakened “sleepy Joe” however it didn’t, Joe simply blinked at Harris attempting perhaps to appear in control, when by all accounts he should have responded indignantly, reminding the pint-sized senator that he was the Vice President for 8-years, by the side of the first African/American President, however, he didn’t.
Harris continued using Biden as a stepping stone towards perhaps the nomination saying, “And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe, and it is personal, and it was actually hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the segregation of race in this country and it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
After that verbal assault, one could almost hear Biden’s poll numbers drop like a rock. Biden’s lead over the crowded field dropped to 5 points in a CNN poll conducted after Wednesday and Thursday’s debates.
The former VP received the support among 22% of registered Democratic voters along with left-leaning independents after the debate, compared to his peak performance of 41%, approval soon after launching his campaign in April, an astounding 19 point decline in only 2-months of campaigning.
Meanwhile, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ performance on the debate stage saw her support rise from 8% to 17%, more than doubling her numbers, thrusting her into second place.
The sudden shift in the poll numbers between Harris and Biden can only be attributed to Harris’ debate performance in which she excoriated Biden’s record concerning civil rights, and the issue of forced busing, which in hindsight did little for the spirit of integration.
Olivia Nuzzi, a Washington correspondent for New York Magazine, tweeted out after Thursday’s debate that sources close Biden was “freaking out” about the former vice president’s performance on stage.
According to Nuzzi, “Biden isn’t listening to his debate prep, and he’s ‘set in his ways.”
However, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield denied Nuzzi’s report in a one-word tweet Thursday.
— Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds) June 28, 2019
In another poll conducted by the Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight poll also, found Biden’s support dropping by 10 points following the debates.
The CNN poll also revealed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s received a substantial boost from 7% in May to 15% in June, which included her performance during her first debate.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also saw a substantial boost in her support, going from 7% in May to 15% in June.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came in fourth place in the CNN poll, receiving the support of 14% of registered Democratic voters.
The CNN poll surveyed 656 registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents via landline and cell-phone. The margin of error is 4.7 points.
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