Joe Biden Tells Voters He’s ‘Going To Beat Joe Biden”

In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday, when former Vice President and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden was asked to speak directly Democrats aligned with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s progressive agendas, he wasted no time saying he’s “going to beat Joe Biden” before laying out several areas of his policies.

“I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years,” Biden said. “And that I’m going to beat Joe Biden. Look at my record. The fact is that some areas that I think, for example, I think health care is a right, not a privilege. I do not support Medicare for all. I will not support Medicare for all. But I do support making sure that Obama care is around as a public option.”

He added, “But I do not support a forgiving debt loan for every single solitary person no matter where you went to school. But I do support the idea, if, in fact, you have student debt as a consequence of going to a public university and your income is under $125, 000, it should be forgiven. I do believe that any going to school that in fact goes to a public university and/or community college, they should be able to go for free if income is under $125,000.”

That same day, Biden told black voters on an early morning radio show also posted to youtube that if they can’t decide whether to vote for him or Trump, they ‘ain’t black.’ Later, Biden explained the comment as “much too cavalier.”

“I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted. But nothing could be further from the truth,” Biden said walking back his earlier statement.

“I’ve never ever done that, and I’ve earned it every time I’ve run. I was making the point that I have never taken the vote for granted. And in fact, I know in order to win the presidency, I need the African American vote. And it was the driving force, as I said, in the beginning of my campaign a year ago, to my being able to win in the first place and win the primary. And it is going to be critical to my winning the presidency.”