Luntz Analyzes 2020 Democratic Field: Warren, Castro, O'Rourke, Biden, Sanders; "There Is No Frontrunner"

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Frank Luntz analyzes potential 2020 Democratic contenders in an interview with Laura Ingraham on the Thursday broadcast of her FOX News program. Luntz called Elizabeth Warren a frontrunner because of her debate skills and Beto O'Rourke because of his RFK-like look. Luntz said he is not sure Biden is a candidate and quipped that Bernie Sanders is so old that it takes him an hour and a half to watch '60 Minutes.'

"The Democrats want someone who wants to run," Luntz said. "I'm not convinced that Joe Biden wants to run. He's got to show that passion, that commitment. It's a wait and see for him."

"There is no frontrunner there," he said. "There are twice as many candidates they may run for the Democrats this time as ran for the Republicans two years ago."





Luntz said Warren's showdown with the CEO of Wells Fargo proves she is an "awesome debater" and a danger to Republicans.

"I think you are missing to the most likely person at this point, which is Elizabeth Warren. I know that may frighten you. I know that may frighten a bunch of viewers," he told Ingraham.

"I tell them take a look at her takedown of the CEO of Wells Fargo several years ago," Luntz said. "It's a seven-minute video on YouTube. I've never seen a committee chairman tear someone apart. He had no idea that he was done. She's an awesome debater. She has more grassroots support than Bernie Sanders does. And even though she's Hillary Clinton's age, she's got a lot more energy, and she's willing to mix it up."

LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS: The concept of quality over quantity may be lost on the Democrats with the prospect of dozens of Democratic presidential contenders ahead of 2020. Does that dilute their overall messaging?

Here now, ad guru and GOP pollster Frank Luntz to break down the emerging Democratic power struggle. All right, Frank, I want to begin with what I like to call the long shots to the longish shots. Watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you running?

REP. TULSI GABBARD, D-HI: I am seriously considering it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What would stop you?

GABBARD: I'm concerned about the direction of our country.

REP. ERIC SWALWELL, D-CALIF: I actually do see a path. I am considering it.

JULIAN CASTRO: Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness. That's why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(LAUGHTER)

INGRAHAM: Are we back? Swalwell, Gabbard, and Castro, are they doing this because they see a path, or a path to vice presidency, speaking fees, a book deal? What they heck are they saying here.

FRANK LUNTZ, POLLSTER: I hadn't seen that video. The first thing I would tell them is do not announce in front of a brick wall. You are not a comedian. This is not that comedy store. That's number one. Number two is get the lighting correct. It looked like he was a hostage somewhere.

INGRAHAM: What was that Castro bite?

LUNTZ: He should know better. He's been in politics long enough to know that you don't do that.

I think the reason they want to do it is you can write books. Your speaker fee doubles for at least the first six months. And look at that list right there. You can't --

INGRAHAM: It makes me dizzy.

LUNTZ: There is no frontrunner there. There are twice as many candidates they may run for the Democrats this time as ran for the Republicans two years ago.

INGRAHAM: Now, let's move on to another potential battle brewing, this one between Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke. Bernie was asked about his process for another run along with his thoughts on Beto. Note the slight dig.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BRET BAIER, HOST: Can a Texas Congressman who lost his Senate bid win your party's nomination for president?

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, I-VT: I think it's a little bit premature.

BAIER: When do we get your decision, whether you're going to do it again?

SANDERS: Before I decide that I want to run, I've got to make sure there is that grassroots support. And that's what we're ascertaining. If there is, I'll run. If there isn't, I won't.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

INGRAHAM: So what are your thoughts?

LUNTZ: I think you are missing to the most likely person at this point, which is Elizabeth Warren. I know that may frighten you. I know that may frighten a bunch of viewers.

INGRAHAM: Oh, dear, it's fine.

LUNTZ: I tell them take a look at her takedown of the CEO of Wells Fargo several years ago. It's a seven-minute video on YouTube. I've never seen a committee chairman tear someone apart. He had no idea that he was done. She's an awesome debater. She has more grassroots support than Bernie Sanders does. And even though she's Hillary Clinton's age, she's got a lot more energy, and she's willing to mix it up with --

INGRAHAM: But Beto won that MoveOn.org poll, which is the true grassroots. They are calling him the white Obama. He is handsome. He moves the stage. He's kind of fun, he's energetic. I guess he is smart.

LUNTZ: He is Bobby Kennedy. He looks like Bobby Kennedy.

INGRAHAM: He does look like him.

LUNTZ: And he does the same thing that Kennedy does. He walks onto a basketball court, starts shooting hoops. I think Beto is an absolute frontrunner, one of the frontrunners for the Democrats.

INGRAHAM: And finally, now to Joe Biden, someone who many think is the clear favorite, who now I think is no doubt worried about these young upstarts, Frank. He apparently thinks it doesn't matter who the Democrats put up. Watch.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can I ask you why you are the most qualified person to take on President Trump?

JOE BIDEN, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT: No one should run for president unless they think they are qualified.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And why do you think you can beat President Trump? Why is this your time?

BIDEN: I think anybody could beat him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anybody, anybody on the Democratic side?

BIDEN: Any Democrat could beat him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

INGRAHAM: I just like the gaffe-o-matic that he is. You just pull the string and a series of gaffes come up. OK, Biden?

LUNTZ: The Democrats want someone who wants to run. I'm not convinced that Joe Biden wants to run. He's got to show that passion, that commitment. It's a wait and see for him.

INGRAHAM: He's a little old to be running.

LUNTZ: So is Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is so old, it takes him an hour and half to watch "60 Minutes."

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