Trump: Biden Would Be My 'Dream' Opponent in 2020

July 19, 2018

President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Thursday morning that his "dream" opponent in 2020 would be former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden, who considered running for president in the 2016 election, recently said he would decide if he will run in 2020 by January 2019.

CBS News anchor Jeff Glor asked Trump about a few potential Democratic candidates, including Biden, he could end up facing in 2020. Trump said Biden would not be able to amount to much of a challenger on his own and only succeeded at becoming vice president because of his running mate, President Barack Obama.

"Let me ask you about 2020. Who do you think your Democratic opponent will be?" Glor said. "Joe Biden says he'll make a decision by January. Tough opponent?"

"I dream about Biden. That's a dream," Trump said. "Look, Joe Biden ran three times; he never got more than 1 percent, and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap and everybody was shocked that he did. I'd love to have it be Biden."

"But Biden by himself could never do anything. President Obama took him, made him vice president, and he was fine," Trump said. "But you go back and look at how he succeeded in running when he ran two or three times, I don't think he ever broke one. He was at the one or less level, 1 percent or less level."

Biden, a former senator from Deleware, ran for president briefly in 1988 and again in 2008 before Obama made him his running mate.

A number of Democrats have been floated at potential contenders for the Democratic nomination in 2020. While most have dodged on questions as to whether or not they will run for president–including Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.)– they have also been working to boost their national profiles.