Democratic presidential candidate 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 said Tuesday that he plans to do “very well” in Iowa and New Hampshire amid questions about whether he can win the early primary and caucus states.
Asked in an MSNBC interview about the early contests, Biden said, “I plan on doing very well in both those.”
“The polls, as you know, are up and down,” he continued. “I’ve been ahead in Iowa. I’ve been ahead in South Carolina. I’m ahead in all the national polls with the occasional one that pops up that’s different.”ADVERTISEMENT
The polling aggregation site RealClearPolitics has Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) ahead of Biden in the polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire with fewer than 100 days before the Iowa caucus.
The Massachusetts senator leads the former vice president by an average of 5 points in Iowa and 3.3 points in New Hampshire, according to RealClearPolitics.
In recent weeks Biden’s campaign has suggested that he could lose Iowa and New Hampshire and still win the nominating contest after big wins in South Carolina and Nevada, but Democratic donors interviewed by The Hill on Tuesday expressed doubts.
“The real challenge isn’t whether he can fight another day in South Carolina, but whether he can show the resilience and determination necessary to fight in Iowa,” said Robert Zimmerman, a major Democratic donor and Democratic National Committee member. “The early contests historically are very defining for choosing the nominee.”
Another Democratic fundraiser who helped propel recent Democratic nominees, including President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, added that Biden’s campaign strategy is “rather defeatist.”
“They’re essentially saying, ‘We’re losing. Look to someone else,’ and I think the big fear is that someone might,” they said. “No one wants to support someone who is projecting defeat. Not ever. But especially not this year.”
Even Biden allies say something needs to change.
“We’re not doing something right, clearly,” the ally said. “I can’t imagine Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE ever saying, ‘We’ll lose in the first two states, but don’t worry, we’ll still win.'”
Biden’s comments follow news that he has less cash on hand than other major Democratic contenders like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Warren.
Biden, Sanders and Warren are among more than a dozen candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Brett Samuels contributed.