Chris Christie weighs in on the winners and losers of second Democratic debate

The former New Jersey governor and author of "Let Me Finish" breaks down the debate.
4:53 | 06/28/19

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So let's break down the debates with you. Overall impressions? Well, I think on last night, clearly senator Harris had the best night, and what she proved was she belongs on the stage. She's a contender to get the nomination, and remember she had lost a lot of momentum since she had entered into the race. Yes. Last night was really important for her, and I think a really smart move on her part to go after vice president Biden because she elevated herself by doing that because she did it in the right way. She wasn't interrupting. She wasn't nasty. She wasn't name-calling or she just laid out her story and asked him for some answers and I think -- I think that was good. Do you think that basically eliminated her for the vice president position if Biden gets the nomination? Oh, heck no. Look at the history. Bush called voodoo economics and he was picked. Barack Obama ran against Joe Biden, and Barack Obama picked him. The decision will be made on two things, the compatibility and suitability of that person to be president, and secondly, can they help them politically? So if -- but I think the most important thing that senator Harris did last night was she sent a very clear message to her donors. I am not running for vice president. Yes, that's right. I am running for president of the United States. That's huge for the donors. She launched. People said, I can see a president there. More importantly, she's not running for the second slot, waiting for one of the guys to pick her for vice president. She wants to run for president, and she was assertive last night in that way. Now on the opposite side, you know, it's time for Marianne Williamson -- I'm sorry, Meghan, you know, time for Andrew yang. It's time for Swalwell -- Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper, go home now. You go home now. Quietly go home. It was nice. You can tell your mother and father you ran for president. Would you put Beto in that category? Listen. Two nights ago, Beto looked like the guy who hadn't done his homework and got called on in class. Yeah. Oh, god. Me? Can you ask the guy next to me? I was in the audience. He was so deflated even his arms we weren't flailing. Beto and the media misunderstood him. People don't like Ted Cruz that they were for Beto O'rourke. He raised all this money because it was anti-ted Cruz money. Once he has to be out on his own and people said, look at this guy, and say, he would be better off fronting a bar band than he would being president of the United States. They showed that last night. Two nights ago. He just didn't have it. Let's talk about Joe Biden because that ship has sailed already. Let's move on. I like Joe Biden a lot. So do I. He's highly electable in this country. He can't say I'm sorry. This guy is incapable of saying I'm sorry. All he had to do was say, I'm sorry, kamala that you had a hard time as a child and I made that bad decision about busing. He doesn't believe it. I think that Joe Biden -- No, no, no. No, no, no. No, joy. I really do. I think Joe Biden genuinely believes that he was motivated by good faith in the decisions he made at the time. But he knows better now. But I think when someone believes like senator Biden, that they have made the right decision, that they did it for the right reasons, they have a really hard time. He doesn't accommodate that. You saw it when you had him on the show on Anita hill. He couldn't bring himself to do it. You have seen it with the uncomfortable touching situation where he can't really admit that that's something that is of a bygone era, right? It's not that it was wrong when he did it. But most politicians can fake how come he can't? He would argue that he really is very sincere because he won't say something he doesn't believe, and listen. I have known Joe Biden for a long time. We went to the same university at different times obviously, but he was still very involved at the university of Delaware when I was there, and I think he's a really good person and a good human being. He is. But listen. What he learned last night was, game on, man. Game on, and he wasn't ready. Can he recover from a night like that? Oh yeah. Can he have many more nights like that? No, but the next debate will be important for him in the same way when you go to Ronald Reagan when he had a bad first debate, and the next one was important. He performed. Barack Obama had a bad first debate, in re-election, and he came back for the next one. It's really the next one that's most important for Joe Biden, and it will be a lot of pressure on him, and the thing I saw last night from the vice president which I N't normally see from him is he appeared to me to be trying to remember what they told him to say.

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