GOP analyst says Biden could be Dems' best shot at getting blue collar voters back

Republican consultant and analyst Shermichael Singleton told Hill.TV on Friday that if former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden slams Trump immigration policies: 'It’s about xenophobia' GOP pollster says Michelle Obama one of Democrats' best surrogates Meghan McCain: 'Don't underestimate' Bernie Sanders MORE enters the Democratic primary, he could be the only candidate capable of bringing blue-collar voters back to the party. 

"I think he's probably the best person when you think about someone who can potentially win states like Pennsylvania, a state like Michigan," Singleton told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on "Rising." 

"We hear a lot of talk about these blue-collar folks, who Donald Trump was able to take away folks who voted for President Obama either in his first term or in some instances both terms, voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE in 2016," he continued. 

"You even look further, and you break down the map, and you look at some of those districts that were places again, that leaned heavily Democratic that are now sort of in this middle place," he said. "I think Joe Biden is probably the only person if I look at the current pool of candidates, who could bring those people back potentially to vote for him, if he does indeed get into this race." 

Biden, who has yet to jump into the presidential fray, has been able to connect with blue-collar voters throughout his career in politics. 

However, Trump was able to gain enough blue-collar workers in 2016 in win Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. No Republican had won those states in the Electoral College since 1984 in the case of Wisconsin, and 1988 for the other two states.

A CNN poll released earlier this week found that 62 percent of Democrats said they wanted Biden to run for president. 

— Julia Manchester