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 FlakeJeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he believes former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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.