Former Gov. John Kasich was on CNN Wednesday to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden’s anticipated presidential bid, which was made official Thursday.
“Well, listen. There will be no intimidation factor if he were to go head-to-head against Donald Trump. I think he’s rearing for this fight,” Kasich said, noting that “age means less today than it did.”
“I mean, you can be older as long as you’re vigorous and you can generate some new ideas. Do I think Joe can do it? Absolutely,” he continued. “He was a vital part of the Obama administration, and he led in a number of areas when he became frustrated with the president. So, look, I know the guy really well, and he’s a lot of fun, but I got to tell you, he does talk a lot.”
Kasich said that he expects Biden’s campaign will be “full of life,” and said the former vice president is “going to hug.”
“He does that. He talks a lot. But, you know, he’s going to connect, and he’s going to hug, and he’s going to shake hands. You know, he’s just going to be full of life,” Kasich said.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) April 24, 2019
Before Biden even announced his candidacy, he was in hot water over his past behavior of touching women and children inappropriately. The behavior was brought to light in an article by Lucy Flores, former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada, who recounted an experience in which Biden “inhaled” her hair and planted “a big slow kiss on the back” of her head.
“My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused,” Flores wrote. “I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”
Biden officially declare candidacy on Thursday and immediately went after President Donald Trump for his comments on the Charlottesville riots.
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
“In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden said in his announcement video. “I wrote at the time that we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation. Well that’s even more true today.”
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “John Kasich” by Michael Vadon. CC BY-SA 4.0. Photo “Joe Biden” by Joe Biden.