- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2019

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden said he’s confident the crowded field of 2020 primary hopefuls will quickly begin to shrink in the coming months.

Mr. Biden, the front-runner among 20 other Democrats, made the comments to reporters on Wednesday during a campaign stop at a King Taco restaurant in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“This field is going to be winnowed out pretty quickly,” Mr. Biden said, Politico reported.

The former vice president cited the 15% threshold Democratic candidates need in the Iowa caucuses, which take place in February, and California’s primary, which takes place in early March.

“It’s going to work its way through relatively quickly for all of us,” he said.

Mr. Biden, who officially announced his candidacy on April 25, becoming the 20th Democratic candidate, said he waited so long to announce because “the process is already too long,” Politico reported.

He also refused to “speak ill” of any fellow Democrats, saying that would be the “last thing the Democratic Party needs now.”

“This idea that … we have a lot of people who aren’t qualified or aren’t electable — come on, give me a break,” he said.

Mr. Biden is leading the Democratic race by nearly 27 percentage points, according to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls.

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