Democrats on the defense

Monday, June 24, 2019
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Biden shaking hands for Kamala HarrisWith the first Democratic debates drawing near, a conservative political scientist and presidential election analyst says no one among the 20-something Democratic presidential challengers is capable of beating Joe Biden for the nomination.

The two-night event will get underway Wednesday with the group's top-tier candidate Elizabeth Warren debating Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, and lower polling participants on stage in Miami. Then on Thursday, frontrunner Joe Biden and his nearest challenger, Bernie Sanders, along with Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, will slug it out.

Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, thinks it is highly unlikely that anyone can make a dent on Biden's lead.

"It's possible that one of the 20-some might emerge as the credible candidate, but that's very difficult," he submits. "Donald Trump was able to emerge over a period of some time against his 16 or 17 opponents. He didn't emerge immediately; he gradually emerged. Well, that emerging requires time, resources, and ideas, and right now it doesn't look there is a candidate who has the time to do it, the resources to do it, and the idea to do it against Biden."

All things considered, at this stage of the campaign, Dr. Dunn says it looks like no one is in a position to beat Biden.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)The election analyst adds, though, that whoever gets the Democratic nomination should be "shaking in their boots" with the task of taking on President Trump's campaign, which recently raised nearly $25 million in less than 24 hours after the president officially kicked off his re-election campaign.

The staggering sum dwarfs what the top 2020 Democratic primary challengers raised in the first three months of the year. Trump had already reported nearly $49 million on hand at the end of March from three committees tied to his campaign. The Republican National Committee had nearly $35 million during the same period.

The Democratic National Committee had just $7.5 million with more that $6 million in debt, and Dr. Charles Dunn tells OneNewsNow this is only the beginning.

"If I were advising any Democrat right now, especially Joe Biden, I would be shaking in my boots," he comments. "To bring in that amount of money in that short a period of time, and there's more money that will be coming in now simply because of the success of the first 24 hours … this is only the beginning."

Trump at Orlando rally June2019He adds that Trump has tremendous momentum coming out of his re-election rally before a packed house in Orlando.

"This was the best kickoff to a second term campaign that any president has had, especially one who has been so severely criticized," Dunn tells OneNewsNow. "He demonstrated that the best defense is a good offense. He put the opponents on the defense, and he ran his offensive game plan."

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