After a dismal showing in Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden believes he can still win the Democratic presidential nomination but faces an uphill struggle in New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Feb. 11, according to a new interview.
Biden said that his political fortunes could be reversed when he campaigns in South Carolina and Nevada.
“Nothings going to happen until we get down to a place and around the country where theres much more diversity. And, you know, youre always behind the eight ball when youre running in New Hampshire and you have two people from the neighboring states,” he told CBS News on Feb. 10, referring to other candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
When the contest shifts to South Carolina and Nevada, he said, his campaign will have an advantage because the demographics are more representative of the American population as a whole.
“Because the other voters out there represent a significant portion of the American people, and they look like America,” Biden said on the program. “Thats the reason why.”
“So I dont see any diminution in national support,” he said. “Im still leading nationally. And so the idea that this is a—if you come in third or fourth in the first two primaries, or caucus and a primary, that that knocks you out of the box. Were just getting going.”
After launching his campaign in 2019, Biden was viewed as the presumed front-runner to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, and for most of 2019, he led in the polls nationally. But he suffered a “gut punch,” as he described it, in Iowa last week when he came in fourth place behind former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as well as Sanders and Warren. Recent polling data show that hes also behind in New Hampshire.