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By Phillip Stucky
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said former Vice President Joe Biden would have won had he run against President Donald Trump in an interview published Wednesday.
New York Times reporter Ana Marie Cox asked Sasse in the interview why Trump won the election in November: “Do you think that infighting creates a situation in which everyday Americans write off all politicians as cheaters and liars? It might explain how Donald Trump won, because it didn’t make any difference to anybody that he seemed immoral — they thought of him as no worse than every other politician.”
“I would argue pretty vociferously that it’s also because of who his opponent was,” Sasse replied, indicating former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was a particularly bad candidate. “If Joe Biden would have run against Donald Trump, Biden would have won in a landslide.”
Sasse has open disdain for Trump. He refused to attend the National Republican Convention in July when it became clear that Trump would be the Republican nominee. He also campaigned heavily against Trump during the primary process.
Biden announced last week that he wished he had run, and is scheduled to attend a key party fundraiser in New Hampshire later this month that could indicate he’s seriously considering a run in 2020.