Biden: I think we could run Mickey Mouse against Trump and have a shot

 Biden: I think we could run Mickey Mouse against Trump and have a shot
© Greg Nash

White House hopeful and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (D) on Tuesday took a jab at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE in a new interview, joking that Democrats could run “Mickey Mouse” in the 2020 presidential election and “have a shot.”

“This is a marathon,” Biden said of the 2020 White House race in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I don’t think anybody has predicted much of anything about who’s going to win nominations in the recent past very accurately.”

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“Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist told Biden that some Democratic pundits, including longtime strategist James Carville, have warned that the party “cannot nominate [Sen.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE [I-Vt.] or we’ll lose.”

“[Carville] said people are not going to vote for socialism, he says. Do you agree with that, that if Bernie Sanders is the nominee, Democrats will lose?” Geist pressed Biden, who has been running neck-and-neck with Sanders at the top of most polls.

“I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose. I think, you know, we could run Mickey Mouse against this president and have a shot,” Biden shot back.  

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Carville said in a Monday interview with MSNBC that black voters are “looking for somebody who can come in and not just excite them but talk about things that really matter to them in every day life. They’re not interested in socialism and the revolution and all of that foolishness you hear.” 

Biden’s comments came the morning of the important New Hampshire primary.

The RealClearPolitics polling average has Biden tied for fourth place among Democrats in the state, along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Mass.). Sanders is polling in first place ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D) and a surging Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Minn.).

Buttigieg won the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses last week by a razor-thin margin over Sanders, with Biden finishing in fourth place.