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 nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crashes in south Texas Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP 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 TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 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 SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives like Turner should reconsider running as Democrats Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE, who were in a dead heat for first place with all precincts counted.  Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Senators highlight security threats from China during rare public hearing | Facebook suspends accounts of NYU researchers who've criticized platform Democrats urge Amazon, Facebook to drop requests for Khan recusal Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters 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.