Former CNN CEO Isaacson: Biden is a storyteller, 'these gaffes don't hurt him'

Former CNN CEO Walter Isaacson told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he doesn't believe that 2020 front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE's recent string of gaffes hurt him because the former vice president "connects emotionally" with voters.

The perspective from the bestselling author and historian comes after a report from The Washington Post that Biden has misstated facts in a war story he has retold on multiple occasions.


Biden had defended his telling of the story, saying in an interview with a South Carolina newspaper, The Post and Courier, that he has been accurate about the “essence" of the story.

Isaacson said the recounting of the story reinforced Biden's persona as a regular person.

"Joe Biden ... is a storyteller. And he connects emotionally and sometimes I think these gaffes don’t hurt him. Because when he makes those gaffes people say, 'hey, he’s normal. He’s a person like me,' " Isaacson, also a former editor of Time, explained on "Morning Joe."

Isaacson contrasted that approach with 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (D-Mass.), who has a more "policy"-minded approach in how she addresses voters.

"You’ll see something fundamentally different because Biden and Warren who seem like now the two people contending most closely for the nomination are fundamentally different in their personalities," Isaacson said. "Warren is giving you plans. She’s a very rigorous thinker who has thought through every policy. You ask her a question, you get a policy answer."

"So I think Elizabeth Warren can use a little bit more of that ability to be a storyteller and connect emotionally. I think Joe Biden could use a lot more of that ability of Elizabeth Warren to think rigorously," Isaacson added. 

The former vice president and Warren are considered the front-runners in the Democratic race, along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (I-Vt.).