Trump says Biden is his 2020 ‘dream’ Democratic opponent

Democrat would President Donald Trump most like to run against in 2020?

He says it’s Joe Biden. Trump tells CBS News in an interview broadcast Thursday that “I dream about Biden.”

Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama, sought the Democratic presidential nomination twice but eventually dropped out of each race. He considered running in 2016, but decided against it, citing the trauma of his son Beau’s death from cancer in 2015.

Now Biden is seen as a possible 2020 Democratic contender, and unlike Obama, he’s shown no reluctance to criticize Trump directly.
Trump’s Monday meeting and subsequent joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin,

Biden said at an event Tuesday in Bogota, Colombia, “was beneath the office of the president” and hurt the country’s reputation.

“I have never seen such behavior from a president of the United States on an international forum that diminishes the United States as I saw in that press conference with Vladimir Putin, who I know well,” he said.

Trump returned some of the criticism in the interview, saying Obama took Biden “out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did. I’d love to have it be Biden.”

A June poll from Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and Harris Insights and Analytics found Biden remains popular among Democrats, with 32 percent of Democratic respondents saying they support him as the 2020 nominee. That’s nearly as many as the No. 2 and 3 choices — 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders — combined.

Biden, who has seemed to go back and forth on running for president, said Tuesday he knows he has to make up his mind by January.

He said his preliminary polling data indicated he could beat Trump.

This isn’t the first verbal spat between the two: Biden in March said if the two were in high school, he would “beat the hell out of” Trump over some of the president’s comments about women. Trump in response tweeted Biden is “weak, both mentally and physically” and “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”

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