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
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White House hopeful and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE (D) on Tuesday took a jab at President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race 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 SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay 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 WarrenSenate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Mass.). Sanders is polling in first place ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE (D) and a surging Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions 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.