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GOP senator: Biden would have beat Trump

GOP senator: Biden would have beat Trump
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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) says former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Trump taps William Barr as new AG | Nauert picked to replace Haley at UN | Washington waits for bombshell Mueller filing Warren fell for ‘Trump trap’ with DNA test, says progressive Major Obama 2008 fundraiser throws support behind Beto 2020: ‘Time to pass the torch’ MORE could have easily defeated President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE if he'd run for president last year.

“If Joe Biden would have run against Donald Trump, Biden would have won in a landslide,” Sasse told The New York Times on Wednesday.

Asked why Trump won, Sasse said: “I would argue pretty vociferously that’s it’s also because of who his opponent was,” referring to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony Clinton among VIPS attending pre-wedding celebrations for daughter of India’s richest man Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant MORE.

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Biden last month voiced regret over not seeking the presidency, predicting he would have beaten Trump if he had earned the Democratic nomination.

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said during a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. "I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better chance than ever of being president. But do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified."

Biden noted he lost “part of my soul” following the death of his son Beau in May 2015 to brain cancer.

He said he could not devote his full attention to a presidential campaign while also supporting his family.