Ethics & Public Policy Center

How Trump Should Take on Joe Biden

Published in The Washington Post on March 11, 2020


Former vice president Joe Biden may not have clinched the nomination just yet, but he effectively became the Democratic nominee Tuesday night as he crushed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi primaries. Trailing in the polls and with a majority disapproving of his job thus far, President Trump starts behind. Trump can change that only if he tackles Biden’s biggest weakness: himself.

It’s no secret that Biden has lost a few steps as he has aged. Time and again, he makes glaring errors when facing unscripted moments. He told South Carolina supporters he was running for the Senate. He also forgot the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence. And that’s just in the past few weeks.

Biden’s frailty doesn’t stop with his mind. He visibly tires during debates after the first-hour mark. In fact, the Sanders campaign recently accused the Biden camp of pressing for a sit-down format debate, as opposed to a typical two-hour standing debate, for Sunday’s one-on-one appearance with Sanders, which the Biden campaign denied.

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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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