Biden defends performance in Iowa, cites support from African Americans

Biden defends performance in Iowa, cites support from African Americans
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE on Sunday defended his performance in the Iowa caucuses, saying he's the only Democrat in the 2020 presidential primary who can garner enough support from African Americans to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.

"No one who has come in below second in Iowa and New Hampshire has ever won the nomination," host George Stephanopoulos reminded Biden on ABC's "This Week."

"No one has ever won the nomination without being able to get overwhelming support from the African-American community either," Biden responded "So far, no one's doing that but me."

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Biden came in a distant fourth in last week's Iowa caucuses, garnering 15.8 percent of delegates and trailing former Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE, who were in a dead heat for first place with all precincts counted.  Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) finished in third place.

Biden has also acknowledged that he is unlikely to win New Hampshire. But he is counting South Carolina, the first primary state with a sizeable black community to prove he can win over a coalition reflective of the Democratic Party as a whole.

"The thing that changes this election is that everybody in the Democratic Party is united on one thing, defeating Donald Trump. In order to do that everybody knows you've got to bring out the black vote and the brown vote. You've got to be able to do it," Biden said on Sunday.