1. Most people now agree Biden fairly won the election, but part of the reason he won was because he represented a so desperately needed middle ground. His centrist policies played a big part in his victory and he was able to get Republicans like you to side with him. If it had been a more left wing Democrat, for example, Senator Sanders of Vermont or Senator Warren of Massachusetts, would Trump have won?
I think Trump was in trouble anyway. But, against another Democrat it might have been a lot closer and Trump's plan, which was to use fake claims of fraud to discredit the election, might have worked. Biden's margin was so big - 7,000,000 votes - it is huge. But if the margin had been under 2,000,000 votes, which it could have been with Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, it might have been more controversial. Biden had two secrets to his success: one is that he had a pretty left-wing program, but a very centrist personality. In this way, he is the opposite of Barack Obama; Barack Obama had a more centrist program but a left-wing personality and people notice personality more than they notice program. Biden’s been around so long people like the familiarity- he is what you know. The second thing that Biden had a unique ability to do was to speak to different ethnocultural communities. He resonated powerfully in black America, he resonated powerfully with the educated suburbs, he resonated powerfully with lots of different groups in a way that the other Democrats running would not have done. I think the Democratic primary voters figured that out and that's why they chose Biden over the other alternatives.
2. You just mentioned Kamala Harris which leads me to ask: how do you feel about the Vice president? She has been groundbreaking in many ways but she also represents a different part of the political spectrum to Joe Biden. If she had been the Democratic nominee this past year, would you have been more reluctant to side with her?
I would have voted for Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump; it was so important to get rid of him. So, yes, of course I would, but I would have been way more worried about the outcome. The Democratic primary voters clearly made the right choice and Kamala Harris must grow; she must introduce herself to the country and she must meet some challenges: we all must get to know her better.