Sen. Coons 'optimistic that Joe Biden will soon formally announce' his 2020 run

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons joins "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden's potential presidential run.
7:06 | 03/17/19

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Transcript for Sen. Coons 'optimistic that Joe Biden will soon formally announce' his 2020 run
I have the most Progressive record of anybody running for the -- anybody who would run. I didn't mean it. Of anybody who would run. Correction there from senator Joe Biden last night in Delaware. We're joined now by the man who holds his old senate seat, senator Chris coons of Delaware, and senator, I know you were there last night. So was that really a freudian slip or did vice president Biden know exactly what he was doing? Well, I'm very optimistic that Joe Biden will soon formally announce his campaign for the presidency. When he said last night to a cheering crowd of Democrats in Dover, Delaware, that he had the most Progressive record of anyone running or might run, what he was referring to was the very real record of the obama/biden administration, of tackling climate change, rights for lgbtq communities, the reinning -- reining in wall Street, the broadest expansion of access to health care of anybody in our lifetimes. That's the Progressive record of accomplishment that Joe Biden could run on and I hope will run on. That's part of the record right there, but you know right there, what comes with long experience in politics, there's a long record to attack, and then the vice president is also going to come under pressure for issues like Anita hill, the crime bill, and even going back to segregation in the '70s. How does he handle that? He'll run a very forward looking and optimistic campaign where he tries to heal the divisions in our country. One of the most despicable things about president trump's campaign and his actions as president has been the ways in which he has seen the divisions in our country and tried to crack them open more widely for his own partisan political advantage. Joe Biden won't do that. He will see the divisions in our country and inspire us to heal them, to work together across them and move us into a better future as a country for all of us. There are things that he was involved in or said or voted for 25, 30 or 40 years ago that I expect he will get asked about on the trail, but he has a solid step forward, being a champion for women's rights, for lgbtq rights and I think on the whole, the democratic primary electorate will be satisfied with Joe Biden's record and his vision for our country. That's one of the big questions out there. You talk about healing the divisions and to do that, he has to bridge these divides in the diplomatic party. You already see the white house, president trump ready to attack the Democrats as socialists over issues like the green new deal and medicare for all. How does the vice president bridge that divide inside the party? Well, I think Joe Biden has a record that allows him to say that making big and bold Progressive promises on the campaign trail is one thing. Having a real record of actually delivering on those things is quite another. Real leadership is actually enacting legislation that advances access to health care, that reins in Wall Street. Joe Biden has a record as the vice president that allows him to speak to that. I think he'll also inspire a new and younger generation of political activists because Joe Biden's life history, his whole story is about getting up while life has knocked him down, about connecting with working families of all backgrounds across America and about being a champion for civil rights, civil liberties, inclusion and justice for decades in public leadership. It sounds like you're ready for him. I want to ask you something else you're seeing on the senate judiciary committee. We saw Nancy Pelosi coming out about the comments of impeachment. Impeachment is so divisive for the country, that unless there is something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path because it divides the country and it's just not worth it. Some Democrats have said she set the bar too high. Your response? Well, we haven't seen the outcome of the Mueller investigation and the first thing we have to do is make sure the Mueller report is protected and promptly shared in full with the relevant committees of congress. There may of course, be some work product in that report that should be protected because it's either classified -- this is after all a national security investigation, or because it might interfere with other ongoing investigations in the trump organization or the trump campaign in the southern district of New York and elsewhere, but I think once the Mueller report is completed, is reported, we can reach that judgment at that point. I agree that impeachment means overturning the results of an election. It's something we should approach with caution and with balance. There is plenty of other things about the trump administration and its activities that are worthy of investigation by the house, and I think speaker Pelosi is encouraging a measured and focused approach by the democratic majority in the house. It's hard to know what's going on with the release of a potential Mueller report. We saw the house vote 420 to nothing, and the president said he was encouraging the house members to vote for that saying, it makes us all look good. It doesn't matter. Play along with the game. Your chairman, Republican Lindsey graham, has blocked consideration of that measure in the senate. What is going on here? What can you do if indeed the Mueller report is not released to the relevant committees in congress? The ability to compel the release of that report will lie really in the house democratic caucus in the other chamber. I have been very disappointed at the ways in which the Republican majority in the senate did not move forward with a thorough investigation on the judiciary committee in the last congress and that's our responsibility. We have got clear allegations in public of obstruction of justice that the senate judiciary committee should have investigated. It's partisan bickering between the former chair and ranking member. The senate intelligence committee has been able to make real progress, but of course, its work product is classified so we have not been informed about what's going on in the intelligence committee. Also, the president tweeting the second time in a couple of days on John McCain. The late senator John McCain's tweet saying that he turned over the Steele dossier. It wasn't turned over by senator McCain in December, and for the second time president trump continues to go after senator McCain. Your reaction? I have long thought that his personal and direct attacks on senator McCain was one of the most detestable things about president trump's conduct as a candidate. Senator McCain conveyed that report out of a sense of duty and he lived his entire life for the sense of honor and duty to our country. I frankly think the president's continued attacks on the late John McCain is something that's regrettable for which he should apologize. Thank you for your time this morning. Thank you, George.

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