Former Vice President Joe Biden did not win the state of Nevada like he was hoping for, dropping the state to socialist-frontrunner Bernie Sanders.
But, in a surprising announcement, Biden told a group of his supporters that he will turn the race around and win ultimately the nomination—starting with South Carolina.
He told his supporters he thinks will win the next primary election and will carry that momentum into Super Tuesday.
“You all did it for me now, now we go to South Carolina and I’m going to take this back!” Biden told the group in North Las Vegas, per BizPac Review.
He continued: “You know the press is ready to declare people dead quickly. But we’re alive and we’re coming back and we’re gonna win.”
“I think we’re in a position now to move on in a way that we haven’t been until this moment. We’re going to win in South Carolina and then Super Tuesday,” he added.
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— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) February 23, 2020
“I feel good about where we are. I feel good about going into South Carolina,” Biden echoed during a segment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” set to air Sunday, per Politico. “And I feel good about the kind of support I’ve had with African-Americans around the country.”
In the interview, host Margaret Brennan asked the former vice president: “So for South Carolina, what does this indicate to you? Because in the past, you were pretty confident you could pull off a win there.”
“I still am,” Biden said in response.
BizPac Review adds:
Biden also got in an apparent dig at a couple of rivals when he said, “I’m a Democrat and I’m proud of it.”
Sanders is a longtime independent who calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Mike Bloomberg is a one-time Republican who became an independent before recently turning Democrat.
Biden’s reason for optimism, as told to reporters, was that he’d beat Sanders by just moving on from Nevada.
Biden spoke with reporters after greeting voters at a precinct location today. Says they’ve raised “over a million bucks” after the debate. @katieglueck asked how he’d beat Sanders if he wins NV. Biden says he’ll beat him by just moving on. Entire gaggle here: pic.twitter.com/snRUw57HD8
— Madeleine Rivera (@madeleinerivera) February 22, 2020