Biden: 'Last time we ran' African American votes were 'basically taken for granted'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE said Sunday he can win the presidency based on his support from African American voters but that he can not take the support "for granted."

The Democratic presidential candidate said he has "overwhelming support" from the African American community, adding that he attributes the same "overwhelming support" from black voters to past Democratic presidential wins dating back to President Carter. 


"You can't win – you can't take it for granted. Last time we ran it was basically taken for granted," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I'm the only one who has the record and has the background and has the support. They know me. They know who I am."

Biden's response comes as Democrats continue the primary process into the more diverse states of Nevada and South Carolina. 

The South Carolina primary, which will be held at the end of February, is the first state in the primary with a significant African American population. 

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, however, suggests Biden's support among black voters may be slipping. His support among black voters fell to 27 percent, whereas former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWhy Democrats' .5 trillion reconciliation bill is a losing game Democrats must win big on health care to have a shot in the midterms Stacey Abrams PAC tops 0 million raised MORE's support among black voters surged to 22 percent, based on the poll.