White House would like to see Biden ‘in the boxing ring’ in 2020

White House would like to see Biden ‘in the boxing ring’ in 2020
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White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE would welcome the chance to take on Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenAmy Poehler reveals which Dem candidates her 'Parks and Recreation' character might vote for The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference MORE in a campaign after the two leaders traded barbs about fighting one another.

“We’d like to see him at the ballot box. We’d like to see him in the boxing ring,” Shah said on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.

“You know, this president obviously can speak for himself and hold his own, but you know, I think that Joe Biden’s rhetoric has been over the top,” Shah added.

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Biden, who has been the subject of much speculation that he will run for the White House in 2020, said Tuesday that he would have “beat the hell out of" Trump in high school for comments the president has made about women.

"They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said 'no.' I said if we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him," Biden said, according to ABC News.

Trump hit back on Thursday, tweeting that if he fought Biden, the former vice president “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”

“Don’t threaten people Joe!” he added.

Shah told Hewitt that Biden had his chance to take on Trump "in the ring, so to speak," by running in the 2016 election.

"He could have in the last election. He could have actually, you know, jumped in and faced him and taken on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE as well and tried to challenge him," Shah said.

Biden opted not to run in 2016, and has cited the death of his son, Beau, as a main reason. He has said he is considering a 2020 campaign, but is undecided.