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民主黨布局2020

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在民主黨人眼中,角逐2020年總統大位呼聲最高的人選,現階段莫過於現年75歲的前副總統白登(Joe Biden)。

白登在11月期中選舉前,一直忙著幫多位民主黨候選人助選。

10月中他接受哥倫比亞廣播公司(CBS)晨間節目「CBS This Morning」訪問時表示,現在決定是否投入2020年選舉還言之過早,但他提出幾點想法,包括選民是否能接受他比川普總統還大三歲、2年後體力是否仍足以擔當總統大任、川普主政對美國基本價值的威脅,以及對美國未來的展望等。以下摘錄白登在節目中對於上述主題的第一手說法。

I think people are going to judge it, if I were to run. I think they’re gonna judge me on my vitality.如果我要出來選,大家自然要判斷這件事(年齡),大家要看看我是否還有活力。

Can I still run up the steps of Air Force Two? Am I still in good shape? Do I have all my faculties? Am I energetic? I think it’s totally legitimate people ask those questions.我還能跑上空軍二號專機的階梯嗎?我的身體狀況好嗎?身體機能全都正常嗎?我還是精力充沛嗎?大家會提出這些問題,是很正常的 。

I think our basic American values are at stake. Decency, honor, giving hate no safe harbor, telling the truth, understanding there’s something bigger than you.我們的基本美國價值正面臨不小的風險,例如正直、榮譽、不姑息仇恨思想、誠實,以及小我之外還有大我。 It really is under assault. It is one of those things that I think that only a minority of the American people share his view about that is so dismissive of the basic American values。這些價值正面臨挑戰,我覺得只有一小部分美國人認同他(川普)的看法,也就是蔑視這些基本美國價值。

Look what the world is seeing lately. They see Charlottesville and what he says. They see him embracing these dictators around the world attacking our allies.看看最近全世界怎麼看我們,他們看到Charlottesville,以及他(川普)的發言。全世界看到他擁抱那些獨裁領袖,而且還是攻擊我們盟邦的獨裁者。

They see in a situation where he talks about he has a policy of literally ripping children from their parents at the border, for God’s sake. I mean, it’s not who we are.他們也看到他大談政策,卻是在邊界把兒童與父母拆開的政策。天哪,我們可不是這樣的人。 I was asked by a reporter, ‘Well, if he (President Trump) changed, would you be supportive?’ Absolutely. Absolutely.我曾被記者問道:「如果他(川普總統)改變了,你還會支持他嗎?」當然會。

But stop this phony populism which is about, ‘I have a problem, it’s because of that immigrant or that black guy.’ Or stop this, this naked nationalism which, instead of making us number one, is making us last.但這種虛偽的民粹思想不應該繼續下去了,也就是「我有個問題,這是因為移民或那個黑人造成」的想法。還有,那種赤裸裸的民族主義也該停止了,與其這沒有讓我們成為第一名,反而變成最後一名。

前副總統白登被視為民主黨角逐2020年總統大位的熱門人選,但他目前尚未決定是否參選。(Getty Images)

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