Former CNN CEO Walter Isaacson told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday that he doesn’t believe that 2020 front-runner 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’s recent string of gaffes hurt him because the former vice president “connects emotionally” with voters.
The perspective from the bestselling author and historian comes after a report from The Washington Post that Biden has misstated facts in a war story he has retold on multiple occasions.
Biden had defended his telling of the story, saying in an interview with a South Carolina newspaper, The Post and Courier, that he has been accurate about the “essence” of the story.
Isaacson said the recounting of the story reinforced Biden’s persona as a regular person.
“Joe Biden … is a storyteller. And he connects emotionally and sometimes I think these gaffes don’t hurt him. Because when he makes those gaffes people say, ‘hey, he’s normal. He’s a person like me,’ ” Isaacson, also a former editor of Time, explained on “Morning Joe.”
Isaacson contrasted that approach with 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who has a more “policy”-minded approach in how she addresses voters.
“You’ll see something fundamentally different because Biden and Warren who seem like now the two people contending most closely for the nomination are fundamentally different in their personalities,” Isaacson said. “Warren is giving you plans. She’s a very rigorous thinker who has thought through every policy. You ask her a question, you get a policy answer.”
“So I think Elizabeth Warren can use a little bit more of that ability to be a storyteller and connect emotionally. I think Joe Biden could use a lot more of that ability of Elizabeth Warren to think rigorously,” Isaacson added.
The former vice president and Warren are considered the front-runners in the Democratic race, along with 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.).
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