Chris Christie: Biden Needs To Avoid Being This Cycle's Jeb Bush

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Former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie warned on ABC's "This Week" roundtable on Sunday that Joe Biden's biggest risk in the 2020 Democratic primary is becoming this cycle's Jeb Bush.

"He’s the guy who comes out as the frontrunner early, he’s the guy with enormous history, he’s got associations like Joe Biden does with Barack Obama and others who lift him. But can he be someone who addresses today’s needs?"





"Jeb, I think, never understood the political times we were in and he never changed and adjusted. Will Joe Biden [be able to] change and adjust to these times?" Christie asked.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Is President Trump sort of sending the signal to people you should never apologize?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Well, he certainly believes that. I don’t think that really works for almost anybody else. Remember, any analogies that we make between any other candidate and Donald Trump, I think, fail. Because he is just so completely different. And I believe it’s because people don’t hold him to the same standards they hold anybody else to. They don’t have the same expectations for him.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, he doesn’t really change everything?

CHRISTIE: No, he doesn’t change everything. I’ve always believed that he is unique unto himself and to this period of time and I don’t think he changes everything. And I’d say the other thing, that Joe Biden’s hugest risk is he’s Jeb Bush. His biggest risk is …

STEPHANOPOULOS: What does that mean?

CHRISTIE: Well, he’s the guy who comes out as the frontrunner early, he’s the guy with enormous history, he’s got associations like Joe Biden does with Barack Obama and others who lift him. But can he be someone who addresses today’s needs? Jeb, I think, never understood the political times we were in and he never changed and adjusted. Will Joe Biden change and adjust to these times to be able to be someone who, as Matt said, speaks to the concerns of Democratic primary voters now and then, ultimately, general election voters who, remember, did elect Donald Trump three years ago?

MEGHAN MCCAIN: Well, no disrespect to Jeb Bush, but I would make the argument that Joe Biden is endlessly more charismatic than Jeb Bush was and it is a completely different time.

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