September 13, 2019 | 6:08pm
Joe Biden advised the group at a fundraiser in Houston Friday that he did a very good job on the Democratic debate the night time earlier than however that there was at all times room for enchancment.
“Last night I thought was a good night. I think I could have done better. I will do better, God willing,” he mentioned to applause from the partisan group of supporters.
“The fact of the matter is for the first time we had something approaching a debate,” he added, asserting that the earlier Democratic contests have been extra about gotchas than substance.
“One-minute assertions and 30-second attacks,” he mentioned.
Whereas many analysts — together with Fox Information’ Doug Schoen — mentioned Biden carried out effectively, he additionally had just a few sometimes cringeworthy moments, comparable to when he argued that folks ought to activate “record players” to assist their children be taught.
“Record players? No one wants a president who uses such dated language,” New York political strategist Hank Sheinkopf advised The Publish, laughing.
The previous veep mentioned the debates must be about what candidates will do, not what they mentioned a long time in the past.
“This is about the future, this is not about the past. I love it when people say in 1972 you said…” he started earlier than he was interrupted by laughter.
Biden’s previous stances on college busing and crime-fighting have come up quite a few instances since he declared his candidacy.
And he mentioned he revered all the candidates who have been operating, “all 400 of us.”
“We need more than plans. We need a president. We need someone who can execute a plan,” he mentioned.
Later in his remarks, which lasted about 30 minutes, he careworn his capacity to construct consensus.
“To the best of my knowledge I’m the only guy to get invited to campaign in Alabama,” he mentioned, referring to the deep South, deep purple state, the place Trump bought 62 % of the votes in 2016 in comparison with Hillary Clinton’s 34 %.