John Kerry: Democratic debate 'was something of a food fight'

John Kerry: Democratic debate 'was something of a food fight'
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryPoll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Longtime Biden adviser posthumously tests positive for coronavirus MORE called Wednesday's fiery Democratic primary debate "something of a food fight," though he praised former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE for "staying above the fray."

"I thought the debate overall was something of a food fight among a lot of candidates except Joe Biden," Kerry told CNN host John Berman in an interview on Thursday. "I think Joe Biden managed to stay above that fray."

Kerry endorsed Biden in December and has campaigned for the former vice president.

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During the CNN interview, Kerry commended Biden for addressing the concerns of working-class voters, as well as for his policy proposals including on infrastructure and for not putting "things on the table that are not possible to achieve."

Kerry added that Biden has the potential to win battleground states in the general election.

"I know what it's like to win the nomination," Kerry said, citing his wins in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in his failed 2004 challenge against former President George W. Bush. 

"I know Joe Biden is best positioned to be able to win those states to win the presidency," he added, referring to three states that were widely seen as having handed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE the White House in 2016. 

Kerry also said Biden is poised to provide "coattails" for congressional candidates across the country.

"He also is the only candidate in the field who is invited by congressional candidates in very difficult districts in America to go campaign for them," Kerry said. 

Biden was seen as one of the top front-runners in the 2020 Democratic race, but has slid in the polls after poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire.