Joe Biden’s campaign for the White House is officially underway.
And while he’s hoping to slide into the Democratic nomination with little opposition, things aren’t working out for Biden as he hoped.
And now, Biden was just asked one devastating question he wished he never got.
Joe Biden’s campaign launch for the Presidency in 2020 was generally described as a success.
But the former Vice President under Barack Obama still has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the Democratic nomination and defeat President Donald Trump in the general election next year.
And to make things even more difficult for Biden, there is a large segment of the Democratic party electorate that are determined to deny him the nomination by accusing him of not being liberal enough.
There’s also many who look back at Biden’s past and believe he could lose the whole of the Midwest because of his voting record.
If that happens, his path to winning either the nomination or the general election against Donald Trump seems slim at best.
That’s why this question about NAFTA was the last thing Biden hoped to ever be asked.
Breitbart reports, “Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during a campaign stop in Iowa this week.”
“Since announcing his run for president, Biden’s interactions with reporters have been slim, but one reporter asked him at an ice cream stop in Iowa if his vote for NAFTA was a mistake.”
Biden’s answer to such a difficult question could have doomed his hopes in the Midwest for good.
“No, it wasn’t,” Biden replied shortly.
When asked if he considered himself a free trader, Biden replied, “No, I’m not a free trader. I’m a fair trader.”
These are two completely contradictory statements.
Someone cannot defend NAFTA and at the same time declare they are a “fair trader.”
Even some free trade advocates criticized NAFTA over the years for putting the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other countries like Canada and Mexico.
It’s part of the reason President Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from NAFTA after he took office.
The divide over free trade vs fair trade isn’t as cut and dry as Biden wishes it was, but his answer to this question won over absolutely no one.
Proponents of free trade will look at his answer as pandering at best, while opponents will see it as a betrayal of everything they believe in.
In short, Biden just wrecked his own chances of winning over the critical Midwestern swing states if he happened to win the Democratic nomination to go up against Donald Trump next year.
And now, he has to defend not just his definition of “fair trade”, but also his support for NAFTA, neither of which he can properly do without alienating either his base or the voters Trump won over in 2016 to give him the upset victory over Hillary Clinton.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.