Former Vice President Joe Biden has been the clear frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary race since he swept Super Tuesday — but not everyone thinks Uncle Joe will end up being the Dems’ pick to take on President Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, Fox News host Tucker Carlson told Charlie LeDuff on an episode of the No BS News Hour podcast that he believes Biden “will not be the Democratic nominee on Election Day.” The Fox star suggested that the Dems’ “most likely” pick “to replace Biden” is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), The Hill reported.
“It’s not about math”
Biden’s delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slim — just a few hundred, according to The Guardian — a fact the podcast host noted in his talk with Carlson.
“Well, the math doesn’t work, but it’s not about math,” Carlson said, according to The Hill. “It’s about will.”
The Fox host said “the Democratic Party is intent on taking power, period, period, and they mean it, and they’re willing to do kind of whatever they think works… I mean that’s demonstrable.”
Carlson also didn’t shy away from questioning whether the former VP is fit to serve as commander in chief. “This is not the guy I’ve known, and you can ask anybody who knows him or has watched him,” he said, according to The Hill. “This is not him. He’s a completely different person, and he’s in decline, and I feel bad about it.
“He shouldn’t be working still,” Carlson added of Biden, according to The Hill. “I’m not being mean. I know him. I’ve always liked him. But that’s true.” He went on:
And so those are two trains traveling toward each other at high speed, two competing imperatives. We’ve got to win, but we’ve got a guy who can’t win. Therefore, they’re [going to] replace him.
Dems drafting Cuomo?
Replacing Biden, Carlson said, could be someone who isn’t even in the race — yet.
“If I had to bet, I would think Andrew Cuomo would be the most likely to replace Biden,” the Fox host predicted, pointing to the large scale media coverage that New York’s governor has received in recent weeks over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, The Hill noted.
Cuomo has received praise for his efforts from many Democrats, and the hashtag #PresidentCuomo has even become popular on Twitter, the Daily Mail reported. It remains unclear, however, if Cuomo has what it takes to beat Trump.
In the meantime, Carlson suggested to LeDuff that Dems may want to pull Biden out of the running for his own good.
“That’ll be me someday… I hope somebody loves me enough to not let me run for president,” he said, according to The Hill.