Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE (D) expressed confidence in his campaign’s strength and dismissed concerns over his fundraising pace in an interview aired on Sunday night.
In a “60 Minutes” interview with anchor Norah O’Donnell, Biden vowed to “flat [out] beat” both Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who have vied for the mantle of runner-up in recent months while trailing Biden in most polling.
“Let’s talk about the state of the race because it has tightened. Do you still consider yourself the frontrunner?” asked O’Donnell.
“I know I’m the frontrunner,” responded Biden. “Find me a national poll with a notable…a couple exceptions. But look, this is a marathon.”
“You have less than $9 million in the bank,” O’Donnell pressed the vice president, adding: “Bernie Sanders has 30…nearly $34 million in the bank. Senator Warren has $26 million. How do you compete against that?”
“I just flat [out] beat them,” Biden said. “We’re on a course to do extremely well. I’m not…I’m not worried about being able to fund this campaign. i really am not, truly.”
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Biden’s fundraising declined by $7 million between the second and third-quarters of 2019, and in the most recent filing period trailed Sanders, Warren, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) in donations.
The former vice president has since shifted on his opposition to super PACs, and in a statement this week the Biden campaign indicated that he would accept aid from such organizations in a general election matchup against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“In this time of political crisis, it is not surprising that those who are dedicated to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in every way permitted by current law to bring an end to his disastrous presidency,” his deputy campaign canager Kate Bedingfield said. “Nothing changes unless we defeat Donald Trump.”