-- To so-called “Bernie-or-Bust” supporters who are adamant that they won’t vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, vice president Joe Biden said he’d offer the following message: “If you’re as moral and centered as you say you are, I know you can’t vote for Trump. I know.”
Asked what more needed to be done to unify the party, Biden replied: “I don't think anything more has to be done, George. Look -- think about it: They went out and busted their neck for the better part of a year. They came close.”
“I think he has been very successful in playing on their fears. And there's not been enough focus on playing on their hopes, appealing to their better angels,” Biden said.
Stephanopoulos mentioned Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s criticism that Democrats avoided mentioning the terror group ISIS on the first night of the party’s national convention.
The vice president responded that there were “a lot more speakers to come” and acknowledged that people – rich and poor – were concerned about ISIS, but he laughed at the idea that the Republican ticket knew how to effectively handle the situation.
Trump has questioned whether, under his leadership, the United States would honor the collective defense agreement to its NATO allies should smaller member states come under attack from Russia. The remarks were met with shock and alarm at home and abroad.
However, on Tuesday, he denied having business interests in Russia.
Russia has denied the hacking allegations.
“I've traveled over a million miles around the world just in the last seven and a half years. But I haven't found a single world leader, ally, friend, who says, ‘Geez, it's great. Maybe we'll get a Trump presidency,’” Biden said, adding: “Oh, I think Putin doesn't want a united NATO. I think he doesn't want a united EU. I could see where a lot of our adversaries would think it's better to have someone who doesn't have any idea what they're doing than have somebody as tough as Hillary.”