Joe Kennedy: Biden likely would have defeated Trump

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMassachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy says Patriots ‘should sign’ Kaepernick Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE III (D-Mass.) says in a new interview that he thinks former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE likely would have defeated President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the 2016 election.

“I was a very strong supporter of Mrs. Clinton’s. I think she would have been a great president,” Kennedy said during an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.

“I do believe, however, that … if it were a race in the last six weeks of the election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, I think Joe Biden probably would have been successful.”


Kennedy, a rising star in the Democratic Party who delivered the Democrats’ official response to Trump’s State of the Union address last week, said he isn’t “perturbed at all about the prospect of a big, messy primary for Democrats” in 2020.

The 37-year-old Massachusetts lawmaker added that he wouldn’t vote for or against a candidate because they are “old or young.”

Biden, 75, has been rumored as a potential 2020 presidential candidate. A poll conducted last month found Trump trailing Biden in a potential 2020 election matchup, 57 to 40 percent.

In late December, Biden suggested a possible 2020 bid, saying he “may very well do it” should a strong candidate not emerge.

“If I were offered the nomination by the Lord Almighty right now, today, I would say no because we’re not ready, the family’s not ready to do this,” Biden said during a December interview on ABC.

“If, in a year from now, if we’re ready and no one has moved in that I think can do it, then I may very well do it.”

Biden is set to headline the House Democratic Caucus’s retreat this week in Cambridge, Md.

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