In an interview Tuesday night, Democratic operative James Carville criticized the Democratic party for the handling of the primary process and how former Vice President Joe Biden has hurt the party. Carville said Sen. Elizabeth Warren has the "best bio" of all the candidates but has hurt herself by chasing Bernie Sanders' "left tail."
Carville slammed his Democratic party for the “concerning” results calculation in Iowa, saying it is “not going particularly well.” Carville argues polls indicate “enthusiasm among Democrats is not as high as we might like it.” Carville also called on the Party to “wake up” and “talking about relevant things,” and get back to having “strong, diverse” candidates.
Carville on 2020: "There is only one moral imperative in this nation right now and that is to beat Donald Trump. That's the only moral imperative. It's the only thing I want to hear. Until we understand that -- we win every argument. We win the argument on anything. We don't win elections because we talk about stuff that is not relevant. We had a great experience in 2018 and the day after we started all this goofy stuff. So, hopefully, we have time to jerk this thing back and be about healthcare, prescription drug prices, education, infrastructure, climate, diplomacy, rejuvenating whatever it is. But this is not happening so far. We can't act like this is going well. We can't come out and put three wonderful talking points. These campaigns have got to be more relevant."
Carville advice to Warren: "For God's sake, Senator Warren, get real out here. Let's move this thing along."
Carville on Warren's path to the nomination: "The best bio I've seen in a presidential campaign and she had a very good critique which is that corruption is holding the country back. For some reason, I don't know why, she decided to chase Bernie's left tail all over the country and became known for exotic positions, to put it mildly. And if she can get back to what she's about. I don't know her well. Obviously she is very smart. I think she understands what is happening in the country."
Carville on Biden coming in fourth place in Iowa: "He has had an honorable life in politics. This is just not the time. What's happened is he blocked out access for my guy Michael Bennet, for Gov. Bullock, blocked out access to Senator Booker, probably some people that were going to run didn't run because he was in the race. Maybe he'll come back, but he's going to have a difficult time. This is not a very good night for him to say the least."
Carville on who should chair Democratic party: "I don't know, ask Nancy Pelosi. That's my idea. Come on, Speaker, get somebody in there. I think this thing in Milwaukee (convention) is not off to a good start. I see all kinds of things that are very concerning there. Also, I'm just looking at the mega polling averages. I'm looking at popular opinion right now and frankly, we've got to snap back and get this thing going or -- I don't want to even think about if we had four more years of Trump. But this is so far not so good, that's my analysis."
Carville on Bernie Sanders: "Of course I'd vote for him, we don't have a choice."
Carville on how the Democratic platform is unappealing: "Look at the British Labour Party. We're like talking about people voting from jail cells. We're talking about not having a border. I mean, come on, people. Every day there are people out there struggling. We're trying to get votes."
"You're saying you're concerned that you consider Bernie Sanders for open borders and for incarcerated people voting?" MSNBC host Ari Melber asked.
"He says he is," Carville said. "He said we should give people a ticket. Alright. I'm just saying what he said."
"Of course I would vote for him," Carville said of Sanders. "But I don't want the Democratic Party of the United States to be the Labour Party of the United Kingdom."