Amid a string of recent polls showing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign faltering, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest gave an interview on Sunday that was far from helpful.
In addition to claiming that the former secretary of state would have a “tremendous number of undecided voters” come Election Day, Earnest appeared to be almost embarrassed when he answered a question about President Obama’s decision to leave the record-low poll numbers of Clinton’s campaign on the table.
“I think the truth is there are real differences on this issue,” Earnest said. “They are real differences between the respective parties, but those differ substantially.”
Earnest said he did not necessarily “start with” the poll numbers.
“What I start with is what he believes, the mission he’s set for himself and the values that drive him,” he said.
And Earnest seemed to believe that Biden intends to run for president in 2024, despite the sinking poll numbers of the vice president.
“He has indicated that his ambitions will continue to flow in this direction for the time being. I anticipate he’ll be in the race,” Earnest said.
Biden has yet to officially announce that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
During the interview, Earnest was asked what role or role Biden would play in helping Democrats retake the White House in 2016.
“When you look at his support, his long list of commitments that he makes, I think he will remain very important to the effort to nominate a Democratic nominee,” Earnest said.
Earnest is correct when he says that Biden is a popular figure among Democratic voters, but his recent poll numbers are worrisome for Democrats.
A recent poll of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers had Clinton and Biden tied in the Hawkeye State with Clinton leading 39 to 38 percent. Biden was still polling in the second-tier at 8 percent, while Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont easily led the pack with 55 percent of the support of the participants.
A June Quinnipiac University poll of voters in New Hampshire showed a race between Clinton and Sanders with Clinton trailing by 12 points.
Earnest also pointed to a Politico poll conducted at the end of May that showed Clinton lagging behind the other leading candidates but still looking to dominate among female voters with a strong lead.