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Jill Biden tells voters to pick husband: 'Your candidate may be better' on some policies, but 'we have to beat Trump'

Jill Biden tells voters to pick husband: 'Your candidate may be better' on some policies, but 'we have to beat Trump'
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Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE, on Monday urged voters to put aside policy preferences and instead think about the fact that her husband has the best shot at beating President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE.

"I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that, but I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race," Jill Biden said at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H., according to video from MSNBC. 

The former second lady went on to cite her husband's strong position in the polls, noting that he has sat atop the 2020 Democratic presidential field since launching his campaign earlier this year.

"I know my goal is to beat Donald Trump. We have to have someone who can beat him. So if you look at the polls, if you look at Joe with his record with independents," she said, adding that candidates couldn't rely only on Democratic voters in the 2020 election. 

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"So yes, you know, your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, 'OK, I personally like so-and-so better,' but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump," Jill Biden added. 

Her comments come amid a campaign in which there has been a debate among Democrats about whether to focus on electability or vote based on candidates' positions. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this month found that 36 percent of Democrats simply want a candidate who can win the general election. 

The poll also found that Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) were viewed as the safest bets to beat Trump among Democrats. 

Biden has appeared in a strong position in surveys that pit him against Trump in a hypothetical 2020 presidential match-up. A Fox News poll released last week showed Biden with a 12-point advantage over Trump. 

The survey showed Trump also trailing Sanders, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.), albeit by smaller margins. 

Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from The Hill.