Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans'

Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans'
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Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Flake opens up about threats against him and his family MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he believes former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg MORE is the Democrat who should most worry Republicans heading into the 2020 presidential election.

"Joe Biden is, I think that strikes fear in a lot of Republicans," Flake said on "CBS This Morning," where he is a contributor.

"He can speak to those states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE won in the Rust Belt in particular, and he’s seen as more of a centrist," Flake added. "He was a senator for 30-some years. He knows how to work with the Senate with the Congress and I think that’s certainly one that worries Republicans."

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Biden has been mulling a potential 2020 campaign for months, and sources familiar with his plans have told The Hill that he is nearly certain to jump into the race. The former vice president said late last month that his family wants him to run.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are among those who have already entered the race for a chance to take on President Trump next year.

Biden has long hovered at or near the top of polling among Democrats on their preferred 2020 candidate. A poll released last month by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm showed Biden and Trump in a statistical dead heat in a hypothetical 2020 match-up.