Even though Joe Biden is leading some polls of the 2020 Democratic field, a CNN focus group of Democratic voters outright rejected the former vice president as their presidential nominee.
Biden has not yet announced whether he will run but he is expected to join the growing field of Democratic presidential candidates soon.
Some in the focus group believed that the only way to beat President Trump is by going further to the left.
“I think we need a bold, strong leadership, and you’ll find that in the progressives," said Democratic voter Carol Evans.
“We had the standard-bearer for the kind of pragmatic centrist candidate in Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Donald Trump is now president. He is not your average political candidate, so we really need to try to think outside the box because, you know, it seems like the dude is made of rubber. Anything you throw at him just bounces off, there’s nothing that sticks," said Michael Milisits, another focus group member.
While the focus group only consisted of six Democratic voters, none of them raised their hands when asked by "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota whether they’d choose the former vice president.
Alisyn Camerota asked a panel of six Democrats, "How many of you would like to see Joe Biden get in? Show of hands."— New Day (@NewDay) March 5, 2019
No one raised their hands.
"His time is done," said one panelist. https://t.co/WlCE8xj0mJ pic.twitter.com/e55IFCYF8b
“His time is done," Evans said.
“I will be honest. He was riding the Obama wave and I thought he was a person that would unite the party, but to be honest, Sen. Biden really comes from kind of the good old boy politics of the past," participant Russel Banks said.
“I don’t think Joe Biden represents that new thing that we need. We need a new economy, we need new politics and we need someone different," Evans added.