Harry Reid: 'People should not be counting Joe Biden out of the race yet'
Former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE (D-Nev.) said that Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE should not be counted out of the 2020 White House race, despite his weak showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, predicting the former vice president would do well in more diverse states.
“Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative of the country. He’s going to do well in Nevada, he’s going to do extremely well in South Carolina. So, people should not be counting Joe Biden out of the race yet,” Reid, who still wields considerable influence in Nevada after his 2016 retirement, told The Associated Press.
Reid also said numerous candidates had reached out to him for advice, but would not say whether he had advised any to drop out.
“The only advice I give anyone is if they call me, I’m as candid with them as I can be. And I don’t always tell them what they want to hear,” Reid said.
Reid cautioned against writing any candidates off based on any one-time snapshot of the race, citing Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-Minn.) third-place finish in New Hampshire after two strong debate performances.
“People kept saying, ‘Why is she in the race?’” Reid noted.
Reid, who has not made an endorsement in the race, said it was doubtful that the Democratic Party would nominate a candidate at a brokered convention, with no candidate going into the convention with the required majority of delegates.
The former Senate majority leader also offered praise for former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, who is skipping the Nevada caucuses to concentrate on Super Tuesday states.
“He was a good mayor. No one in the country—no one—has done more on guns and climate than Mayor Bloomberg. So I like Mayor Bloomberg a great deal,” Reid told the AP.
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