Biden is scheduled to stay in Lackawanna County for two days while campaigning in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, for Democratic nominee Amy Klobuchar. On Sunday morning, Biden was a guest on “Good Morning, America,” where he appeared with former Gov. Ed Rendell and NPR contributor Bob Herbert.
Rendell and Herbert both praised Biden, 86, for his impressive resume, including being the first vice president to run his own presidential campaign. Herbert also suggested Biden is the best running mate for the Democrats.
Herbert told Biden that he has made clear if he runs for president in 2020, he will be running as a “country club liberal.”
“Country club liberals are worse than no liberals,” Biden responded. “Country club liberals are wrong, they are elitist, they think that they are smarter than the rest of us.”
Biden, for years the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also told ABC that while he got elected in 1972 by running a “more conventional” campaign, he hopes to avoid making the same mistake in 2020.
“I hope I can learn and get wiser,” he said. “I hope I will. It doesn’t mean I’m afraid to fail.”
Biden has also proved he can raise a huge amount of money, not so long ago pulling in $18 million in one evening in Philadelphia, but the WGAL/Capital News Network found Scranton locals are not so keen on seeing the former vice president back in town.
“I don’t want him to visit or speak,” said Robert Rogers, a retired computer specialist from West Scranton. “Let him get his facts straight before he speaks.”
Others argued that Biden should have a presence in Scranton.
“I’d love to have him come visit here,” said Brian Gabrielli, a store manager at a ShopRite. “I think he’s a great guy. I think he can do a lot of good for this country.”
Biden is scheduled to appear at a rally for Klobuchar in Scranton this afternoon.
Herbert said that Klobuchar, a former state senator, “does so much at the national level that it might take three Biden’s and another Klobuchar to run against her.”
Scranton for Biden was registered as an exploratory committee after former President Barack Obama stepped down. It ceased its political action committee last week after Biden decided not to run.
The last time a senior government official campaigned for a candidate in Scranton was a campaign stop by Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., in 2016 to help Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., defeat former Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., in the U.S. Senate primary.