Paul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination

Paul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination

Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE is the one Democrat capable of beating President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE in the 2020 election, but he doesn't think Biden will win the nomination. Instead, he says it will likely go to one of the progressive candidates on the roster.

"I'd say he's probably the most likely one to have a chance at beating Donald Trump, but I don't see Joe getting the nomination, I just don't see him getting there," Ryan told CNBC at the annual Milken Conference in Abu Dhabi.

The former Wisconsin congressman mentioned Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania as crucial states that the parties will need to win over in the 2020 election. 

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"I think Joe is probably the hardest to beat because it's going to come down to the suburban [voter], it's going to be the suburbanite that'll basically be the difference-maker," Ryan said.

He said that if Biden were to be the Democratic Party's nominee, he would be slated to win over undecided moderates, whom he described as "a first-generation Republican" who likes "Trump the idea" but they don't necessarily like "the personality and the noise and the tweets that come with it."

"I think Joe Biden, it's all relative, will fall into that category," Ryan said, "and is the likeliest to be able to win that voter."

However, Ryan said he sees the number of progressive candidates still in the race and the outcome of the Iowa caucuses as an early sign that Biden's nomination may not be unanimous or even possible at this point.

"If Bernie keeps racking up wins and is seen to be going toward the nomination, then you can probably make the case that Bloomberg will get enough proportional delegates, because he'll play in enough states, to go into the convention with a claim," Ryan said, referring to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE (I-Vt.) and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE. "And then you'll have one whale of a mess of a convention ... and then we'll see what happens there."  

Biden's campaign announced earlier today that he is moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in preparation for the next primary, and will address his New Hampshire supporters via livestream after the votes come in later tonight.