Tucker Carlson: Obama has not backed Biden because Michelle Obama could run

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonFox News tops broadcast networks for first time in 3rd quarter Will Chis Wallace's debate topics favor Biden over Trump? Judge tosses Karen McDougal's defamation suit against Tucker Carlson MORE on Monday speculated that former President Obama has not backed his former vice president, Joe BidenJoe BidenPrivacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota MORE, in the 2020 presidential race because his wife, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama sympathizes with viewers 'turned off' by Trump's debate behavior Voter registration spiked in days immediately following Ruth Bader Ginsburg death Michelle Obama says even former first families can get on each other's nerves during quarantine MORE, may still enter the 2020 presidential race — despite her numerous previous comments insisting she won’t run for president.

“Don’t bet against Michelle Obama,” Carlson said on his show Monday night. “Last week, the former first lady issued a statement saying that she has no interest in being president. That's what she claimed. But there are signs that that's not true."

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Carlson noted that Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodCNN's Axelrod: Trump 'may have ended his presidency' with debate performance Joe Scarborough urges Biden: 'Do not do anymore debates' The Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates MORE’s attacks on Biden, as well as Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUnseemly brawl unlikely to change a thing It's now up to health systems to solve our food problems Testing the Electoral College process against judicial overreach MORE’s refusal to publicly endorse the top contender are two signs that his wife could enter the race.

"If Obama had endorsed Joe Biden, the race would be over,” Carlson said. “Obama hasn’t endorsed Joe Biden because he doesn't want to endorse Joe Biden. Why? Maybe he’s got other plans.”

Carlson added that it could also be a “coincidence” that the release of Michelle Obama’s newest book would “require her ... to get on the road and talk to crowds.”

“Obama's presidential memoir was also supposed to come out this year. Now, its release has been delayed until the middle of the Democratic primaries,” Carlson said. “In other words, at exactly the moment when Democrats will be thinking deeply about how to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE, America will be talking about the Obamas.”

He added: “The Democratic Party is ripping itself apart over race and gender and class. Michelle Obama, let's be honest, is one of the only people who could unite the party's warring factions."

The former first lady has poured cold water on calls for her to launch a presidential bid, saying she believes there are other ways she can help the nation. She said in August there is “zero chance” that she will run for president.

Biden currently leads the crowded Democratic field in most polling, with a RealClearPolitics average of polls showing him with a more than 10-point lead over Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats say Biden survived brutal debate — and that's enough The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate Trump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren slams Trump over Proud Boys comments Ocasio-Cortez, Warren pull out of New Yorker Festival amid labor dispute The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate MORE (D-Mass.).