Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘I don’t know’ if Biden has what it takes to beat Trump

House banking committee chairwoman declines to choose between ex-vice president and Bernie Sanders.

Published: March 10, 2020 4:42pm

Updated: May 27, 2020 1:24pm

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, said Tuesday she doesn’t know if Joe Biden has what it takes to defeat President Trump and declined to share her opinion of the former vice president’s fitness for office.

Waters was asked if she is supporting Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary.

“It’s not about who you like,” Waters told Just the News on Capitol Hill ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primaries. "It’s about now watching and understanding who can beat Trump."

Asked if Biden could beat Trump, she replied, “I don’t know, but we’ll see.”

President Trump has criticized Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail. Asked if she thinks Biden has the fitness for office given his gaffes, Waters wheeled instead on the president.

“Nobody has made more gaffes and told more lies than the president of the United States of America,” Waters said. "How dare he talk about somebody’s gaffes?

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a supporter of Sanders, was also asked Tuesday about Biden’s fitness for office.

“We should worry about the fact that [Trump's] chief of staff just got quarantined," she said, referring to former Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the president's new chief of staff. "I mean, is there something we should know about that some other people don’t know? I’m really worried about us not moving quickly and a sense of urgency regarding the virus."


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