Biden: Impeachment hearings show 'Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee'

Biden: Impeachment hearings show 'Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE on Wednesday said that he learned from the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinIs Ukraine Putin's Taiwan? Democrats find a tax Republicans can support Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE do not want him to be the Democratic presidential nominee. 

"I've learned something from these impeachment trials — I've learned that Donald Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee," Biden told the audience at the fifth Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta. 

"Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be president," he added. 

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The former vice president continued to push his electability argument, saying that he is the candidate with the best chance of beating Trump one-on-one. 

A number of polls have shown Biden defeating Trump in a head-to-head match-up in key battleground states. 

Biden's comments follow the second day of public testimony this week in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Wednesday saw bombshell testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE, who confirmed that Trump pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, by dangling a meeting and a phone call with the country's new president. 

Sondland also said that Trump's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MORE, told U.S. officials in Ukraine that he wanted a public statement from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “committing to investigations of Burisma and the 2016 election.”