Young Turks host: Biden just needs to ‘not collapse’ during debate


Host and founder of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur said on Wednesday that the Democratic presidential primary race between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is Biden’s to lose.

“Biden has the lowest bar in human history,” Uygur told Hill.TV. “All he has to do is not collapse in the debate.”

“People like [House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.)] are worried he can’t clear that bar, that he will just literally melt down in a debate. It’s two hours long and it’s one-on-one,” he added.

Uygur’s comments come following a disappointing Tuesday night finish for Sanders, as Biden won four out of the six states in the group of nominating contests that day including Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho in addition to Michigan.

Sanders won North Dakota, and Washington state is still too close to call. The two candidates will face off against one another Sunday in Phoenix.

Tuesday night, Clyburn told NPR after the networks called the Michigan primary for Biden that the former vice president would be the “prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination” by the end of the night.

“Quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates — because you don’t do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you,” Clyburn said.

As of 2:20 p.m. ET Biden led Sanders in the total number of pledged delegates 860-710. To receive the Democratic Party’s nomination at the national convention in July, a candidate needs 1,991 delegates. 

The former vice president’s lead could grow even larger next Tuesday when Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio vote. Recent polls have Sanders trailing by wide margins in Arizona (67 delegates) and Florida (219 delegates). 

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