Former vice president Joe Biden lacks an “intimate bond” with voters, especially in Iowa, according to remarks reportedly said by former President Barack Obama.

As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa is an incredibly important state for 2020 candidates.

These remarks stem from a report by Politico’s Ryan Lizza. He writes,

“Sometimes [Obama] offers candid advice about his visitors’ strengths and weaknesses. With several lesser-known candidates, according to people who have talked to him or been briefed on his meetings, he was blunt about the challenges of breaking out of a large field. His advice is not always heeded. He told Patrick earlier this year that it was likely “too late” for him to secure “money and talent” if he jumped in the race. Occasionally, he can be cutting. With one candidate, he pointed out that during his own 2008 campaign, he had an intimate bond with the electorate, especially in Iowa, that he no longer has. Then he added, “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”

These remarks from Obama seem to reflect Biden’s falling poll numbers.

CNS News reported, “According to the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker poll, Biden is down eight points in Iowa from June to November to leave him tied with Senator Bernie Sanders at 22% as the top choice among registered Iowa Democrats. They were just ahead of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (21%) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (18%). Other recent polls have shown Biden polling as low as fourth within that top tier.”

During a 60 Minutes interview, the former vice president Joe Biden claimed Obama’s refusal to endorse him occurred at Biden’s own request. “I asked him not to,” Biden said. “I think it’s better — I think he thinks it’s better for me.” Obama has still not endorse Biden’s White House bid.

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