Mark Steyn: Dems prefer 'Muslim transgender candidate' but will 'make do' with Biden

Conservative commentator Mark Steyn joked during an interview on "Fox & Friends" Thursday that the Democratic Party prefers a "Muslim transgender candidate" but will "have to make do with [former Vice President] Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE" as its nominee.
 
The comments come as Biden tops most polls as an early favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, with many pollsters pointing to the former Delaware senator having the highest name identification as a key factor for his early advantage in polls.
 
"Fox & Friends" fill-in co-host Katie Pavlich noted a Vanity Fair piece from the previous day that said Biden was reportedly upset by Obama meeting with Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas) last month when the former vice president was still considering a White House bid.
 
"Obama has flirted with Beto and other 2020 rivals and Joe Biden is very upset," said Pavlich, who is also a contributor to The Hill. "It seems like the former president is leaving behind Joe Biden as he pursues newer and younger candidates."
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"They’re looking for something more intersectional," Steyn noted after some crosstalk. "They really would like a Muslim transgender candidate, but they will have to make do with Joe Biden." 
 
"The problem with Biden is it's not Obama’s fault any more than it was last time," he continued. "You can’t do this sort of Hamlet on the battlements, 'Oh, I'd like to to run if you want me to run.' People who want to be president get out there and run and become president."
 
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday found that 59 percent of surveyed Democrats and independents are "excited" about having "someone entirely new" run in 2020, while Biden was the top choice among named candidates, with 53 percent saying they would be excited for him to run. 

Biden had considered running in 2016 but ultimately decided not to for family reasons. Multiple reports indicated that Clinton allies and Obama had pressured Biden to stay out of the race to clear a path for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE. In an interview with NBC in January 2016, Biden said he regretted every day not seeking the presidency during that election cycle. 

"I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me. And I plan on staying deeply involved," Biden told Connecticut NBC affiliate WVIT.
 
 
No president has lost a bid for a second term since George H.W. Bush in 1992.