Joe Kennedy: Biden likely would have defeated Trump

Joe Kennedy: Biden likely would have defeated Trump

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyTop Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter Dem rep knocks Trump’s credibility: ‘Would' versus 'wouldn't' is a ‘pretty big deal’ Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House MORE III (D-Mass.) says in a new interview that he thinks former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House Dems look for candidate who will punch Trump ‘square in the face’ MORE likely would have defeated President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE in the 2016 election.

"I was a very strong supporter of Mrs. Clinton's. I think she would have been a great president," Kennedy said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast.

"I do believe, however, that ... if it were a race in the last six weeks of the election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, I think Joe Biden probably would have been successful."

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Kennedy, a rising star in the Democratic Party who delivered the Democrats' official response to Trump's State of the Union address last week, said he isn't "perturbed at all about the prospect of a big, messy primary for Democrats" in 2020.

The 37-year-old Massachusetts lawmaker added that he wouldn't vote for or against a candidate because they are "old or young."

Biden, 75, has been rumored as a potential 2020 presidential candidate. A poll conducted last month found Trump trailing Biden in a potential 2020 election matchup, 57 to 40 percent.

In late December, Biden suggested a possible 2020 bid, saying he "may very well do it" should a strong candidate not emerge.

"If I were offered the nomination by the Lord Almighty right now, today, I would say no because we're not ready, the family's not ready to do this," Biden said during a December interview on ABC.

"If, in a year from now, if we're ready and no one has moved in that I think can do it, then I may very well do it."

Biden is set to headline the House Democratic Caucus's retreat this week in Cambridge, Md.