Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said on Sunday that Democratic candidates would face a “bigger uphill climb” if Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) wins the party’s presidential nomination this year.  

Biden, a Democratic candidate for president who has focused on making a case for his own electability, said Sanders labeling himself a Democratic Socialist could turn off voters in key swing states.


“Look, I’m not putting that label on Bernie. He calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Now you’ve been around George, as much as anybody, you’re going to win with that label?” Biden said to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“You’re going to help somebody in Florida with the label Democratic Socialist? It’s going to go all the way down the line. That’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to win in North Carolina? You’re going to win in Pennsylvania? You’re going to win in those states in the midwest?”

Stephanopoulos asked Biden, “So you think flat out Democrats can’t defeat Trump if they have to defend socialism?”

“I think it’s going to be incredibly more difficult,” Biden responded.

“If I don’t get the nomination and Bernie gets it I’m going to work like hell for him, but I tell you what, it’s a bigger uphill climb, running as a senator or congressperson or governor on a ticket that calls itself a Democratic Socialist ticket.”