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

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson: Bernie Sanders capable of taking 'many thousands' of Trump voters CNN draws 7.3 million viewers for Iowa Democratic debate Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? MORE on Monday speculated that former President Obama has not backed his former vice president, Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE, in the 2020 presidential race because his wife, Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaSanders v. Warren is just for insiders Overnight Health Care: Trump reportedly lashed out at health chief over polling | Justices to hear ObamaCare birth control case | Trump rolls back Michelle Obama school lunch rules Trump to roll back Michelle Obama's school lunch rules on vegetables, fruits 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 AxelrodSanders, Warren appear to have tense moment onstage after debate Warren faces online criticism over past big donor fundraisers Krystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? MORE’s attacks on Biden, as well as Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D-Mass.).