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'
© UPI Photo

Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat 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 John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 SandersBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul 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 Devi HarrisBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument MORE (D-Mass.), albeit by smaller margins. 

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