John Legend: Republicans play to win, Biden plays to impress the media
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Singer John Legend took aim at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' MORE on Saturday, tweeting that the presidential front-runner "plays to impress" the news media rather than to win the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.

"Republicans play to win. Biden plays to impress a panel on Meet the Press and Morning Joe," Legend tweeted.

Legend expressed skepticism in a subsequent post that Biden could win over coveted blue-collar voters in Pittsburgh or Youngstown.


"Everyone thinks Biden will win back the elusive factory worker in Pittsburgh or Youngstown. But there is literally no constituency in those places for 'nothing will fundamentally change' and nominate Merrick to the supremes," he wrote, referencing former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandLaw professor: Court-packing should be 'last resort' Here's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominees McConnell campaign criticized for tombstone with challenger's name MORE. Garland's nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans from getting a hearing or a vote.

Legend's comments came after Biden responded affirmatively to a reporter who asked if he would consider renominating Garland, who was seen as a moderate centrist by many in Washington when he was nominated to the high court.

“Sure, I would,” Biden told the news outlet, adding, “By the way, he’s a first-rate person.”

In the same interview, Biden expressed regret that the Obama administration did not do more politically to pressure McConnell into granting a Garland hearing on the Senate floor.

“I think we should have been a whole heck of a lot harder on [McConnell]," Biden said.