Howard Dean pulled the rug out from under the possibility of Joe Biden running for president, saying “it is probably too late” for the Vice President to run.
Dean, appearing on NBC’s “Today” Thursday stated that Biden “has no appeal whatsoever to people under 35,” a key demographic for the Democratic Party.
Matt Lauer: And let me end on this, if Joe Biden were to come to you and say, “Howard, as a former leader of this party and a guy who ran for president in 2004, I’m considering getting in, should I jump in? Do I have a change to win?’ What would you tell him?
Howard Dean: Well look, I have a lot of respect for Joe Biden. He’s been a terrific vice president. The problem is that Joe Biden, is a very good guy, and probably has no appeal whatsoever to people under 35. People under 35 elected Barack Obama President of the United States. That is a key part of the Democratic coalition, along particularly with Latinos and African Americans and Asian Americans. So I think it makes sense to have a candidate, and I think Hillary is one, I think Bernie is another who really can turn on the under 35 set. And I think that would be a problem for Joe. So you know, he’s served us incredibly well, I just think that it is probably too late for that.