North Carolina GOP vows to override Dem governor’s veto of voter ID bill

Republican leaders in North Carolina’s GOP-dominated General Assembly vowed late Friday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a state voter identification bill. Earlier Friday, Cooper said no to the legislation, which more than 55 percent of the state’s voters had approved in a recent referendum. The referendum called for the state’s constitution to … Continue reading “North Carolina GOP vows to override Dem governor’s veto of voter ID bill”

Republican leaders in North Carolina’s GOP-dominated General Assembly vowed late Friday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a state voter identification bill.

Earlier Friday, Cooper said no to the legislation, which more than 55 percent of the state’s voters had approved in a recent referendum.

The referendum called for the state’s constitution to add an amendment requiring in-person voter photo ID.

“Requiring photo IDs for in-person voting is a solution in search of a problem,” Cooper said in a statement.

But state Republicans saw the governor’s action as a rejection of the will of state residents.

“We are disappointed that Gov. Cooper chose to ignore the will of the people and reject a commonsense election integrity measure that is common in most states, but the North Carolina House will override his veto as soon as possible,” state House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement.

"We are disappointed that Gov. Cooper chose to ignore the will of the people and reject a commonsense election integrity measure that is common in most states."

— North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore

“Despite the governor's personal feelings on voter ID, the fact remains that the constitutional amendment passed with a broad mandate from North Carolinians," GOP Senate leader Phil Berger added, calling Cooper's arguments a “tired rehash of unconvincing talking points rejected by the voters.”

Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate in North Carolina, so an override would succeed if GOP lawmakers remain united on the issue. Votes could occur next week. GOP lawmakers are acting now because, come January, they will no longer have supermajorities because of Democratic gains made on Election Day.

The bill would expand the number of qualifying forms of ID and exceptions compared to legislation blocked earlier this decade. Republicans say the changes will ensure that everyone lawfully registered to vote can cast a ballot.

Permitted IDs would include traditional driver's licenses and military identification, student IDs from colleges and universities, and employee ID cards for state and local governments. Those IDs must meet certain security thresholds.

There also would be a new, free, photo voter identification card produced by county election boards. People having trouble obtaining an ID could fill out forms at the polling site, and their ballots likely would be counted too.

Democratic legislators acknowledge that voter ID rules are necessary because of the referendum, but they say the details are being rushed, are complex and will prevent some minorities and poor people from voting.

Cooper’s veto came at the urging of groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause NC, Equality NC and the Washington-based Campus Vote Project of the Fair Elections Center, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

The governor suggested that the integrity of absentee ballots was a greater concern for the state.

"Instead, the real election problem is votes harvested illegally through absentee ballots, which this proposal fails to fix," he said, referencing an investigation of alleged absentee ballot fraud in the state's 9th Congressional District in November's election.

He added that the bill's fundamental flaw was a "sinister and cynical" attempt to suppress the voting rights of minorities, the poor, and the elderly.

Federal judges struck down a 2013 state law that included photo ID and other voting restrictions, ruling they were approved with intentional racial discrimination in mind. Republicans strongly disagreed and put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to give them more legal and popular standing to require voter ID.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Ranked Choice Voting litmus test in Maine could pave way for other states

Rep. Bruce Poliquin was the first choice of many voters in his bid for re-election in Maine’s second house district, with more than 2,000 more votes than his closest opponent.

But unfortunately for him, he was not the voters’ second choice. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” lamented Poliquin. Crazy, he says, because his Democratic opponent, Jared Golden, has been declared the winner.

Poliquin's loss is the first test of Maine's new election tabulation process called Ranked Choice Voting, under which voters can prioritize a crowded field of candidates – from favorite to least favorite.

If no candidate wins a majority, as happened with Poliquin, they eliminate the last place finisher and take his or her second-choice picks and distribute them among the remaining candidates. That process is then repeated until someone gets over 50 percent of the vote.

Some call it instant runoff, and it is gaining popularity across the country.

Adam Friedman is pushing a ranked choice voting proposal in Massachusetts. “With Ranked Choice Voting, you actually get to vote honestly, rather than strategically,” Friedman explained.

In crowded fields, Friedman went on, voters often won’t vote for the candidate they like best because they’re afraid that the candidate they like least may be elected.

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When asked if Poliquin’s loss was fair, Friedman was certain. “It actually is fair,” he told Fox News, “because Ranked Choice Voting ensures that the winner has the majority of the district’s support, not merely one faction or one tribe.”

Poliquin doesn’t see it that way. “For 200 years in the state of Maine, we've had one person have one vote,” he said. “It's not complicated, it's not controversial.”

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He says that offering voters a second choice may even be unconstitutional, so he challenged the results in federal court.

Earlier this month, his case was presented before U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker during a hearing in which he made the argument against the ranked-choice voting law, saying that it violates the U.S. Constitution because its unique runoff system produces a “faux majority” winner of elections and disenfranchises voters.

The legal challenge is likely the first step in Poliquin’s attempts to reverse the Second Congressional District race won by his opponent and is part of a broader effort to invalidate a voting method that some Republicans view as an existential threat.

On Thursday, Walker rejected the lawsuit, dismissing Poliquin's arguments that ranked balloting gave some voters more of a voice than others or proved too confusing for the average voter. Even when votes cast for trailing candidates were reassigned, Walker said, all votes "remained and were counted."

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"The point is that 'one person, one vote' does not stand in opposition to ranked balloting, so long as all electors are treated equally at the ballot," Walker said.

Supporters of the runoff system say that Poliquin’s attorneys are using an array of sometimes contradictory claims against the law and that their failure could ultimately bolster ranked-choice voting against what has so far been a withering legal and political campaign.

The case is also being watched closely by national advocates for ranked-choice voting who hope to implement the system in other states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Douglas Kennedy currently serves as a correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York.

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams plans to run for office again: ‘Stay tuned’

Stacey Abrams may have lost the Georgia gubernatorial race this year – but she doesn't think her political career is over.

“Yes, I’m going to run again,” Abrams said when asked during Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit Tuesday, adding: “Stay tuned!”

She said she hasn’t yet decided what office she’ll seek next because she wants to avoid making “decisions out of anger.” She also said the next job should have a “mission” that aligns with her skillset.

“I care about policy,” Abrams said. “I’m driven by a commitment to justice, to ending poverty, to addressing social needs and using public policy as a tool to improve the lives around us.”

Abrams, who had hoped to make history as the first black governor of Georgia and first female black governor of any state, lost November’s gubernatorial election to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

The race was one of the most closely watched gubernatorial contests nationally in the 2018 midterm elections. It was also marked with drama and intrigue as Democrats, including Abrams, raised concerns of voter suppression.

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Abrams has famously declined to officially concede the election and said she would not call Kemp the legitimate governor-elect. On Tuesday, Abrams said she refused to concede the race “because words matter.”

“For me, concession – there’s a legal and moral nature to conceding. It means you’ve accepted something is right, that it is just, that it is proper,” Abrams said. “What happened was not just. And it’s not about whether I get to be inaugurated as governor; it’s about thousands of people who were denied the right to vote in the most remarkable democracy ever put on this earth.”

Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Georgia this year, says she plans to run for office again in the future.  (Getty Images/Jessica McGowan)

“So, yes, [Kemp] is going to become the governor. Yes, for four years he will be responsible. But no, I do not concede that what happened to me and to others,” she continued. “I will not accept that that is true and a good and proper thing.”

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As secretary of state, part of Kemp’s duties included the responsibility of “the administration of secure, accessible, and fair elections,” according to his website. He touted Georgia’s so-called “exact match” law, which flags discrepancies between voter registrations and official identification documents. If there are any differences – such as a missing hyphen – voters had to clear the matter up with a state official before voting.

But those restrictions were estimated to affect only approximately 3,000 voters – far short of the nearly 55,000-vote margin that Kemp obtained on his way to victory. He also resigned as secretary of state shortly after the election.

Despite the loss, Abrams said she considered her race to be “successful” because of her campaign’s ability to “turn out voters who had never been engaged” in politics before, pointing specifically to African Americans and younger voters.

An attorney, Abrams was the first black leader in the Georgia state House, having previously served as the minority leader. She is also an award-winning romance novelist, penning eight books under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

Fox News Poll: 39 percent of voters think President Trump will be re-elected

The midterms are over, and the 2020 presidential election begins in earnest.

How do things look for President Trump’s re-election?  Thirty-nine percent of voters think he will be re-elected, according to a new Fox News poll.  For comparison, former President Obama’s re-elect number was 29 percent at this same point in his presidency (December 2010).

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The survey also finds 38 percent would vote to re-elect President Trump if the election were today, up a touch from 35 percent who said the same in January.

In addition, 30 percent say they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump, up from 22 percent in January.  At the other end of the spectrum, 47 percent say they will definitely vote for someone else.  That was 48 percent at the beginning of the year.

That produces a net negative of 17 points on “definite” vote.  Obama had a net negative of 13 points on the definitely re-elect question at around this stage of his presidency.

One notable difference:  less than 1 in 10 voters gave the economy positive marks in late 2010, while five times as many (47 percent) rate it positively today.

“It’s instructive to compare President Trump’s numbers with those for President Obama,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll along with Democrat Chris Anderson.

“Trump’s economic handling numbers are decent and his base is there, but his re-elect numbers are about the same as Obama’s from late 2010.  He needs to expand his appeal and do better than break-even on the economy if he wants another four years.”

Among Republicans, 72 percent think Trump will win in 2020, and 80 percent would vote to re-elect him.

Nearly two-thirds of Republicans, 64 percent, would “definitely” re-elect Trump, up 15 points from 49 percent in January.

The same is true among those who supported Trump in 2016:  67 percent say they would definitely vote for him again, up from 52 percent.

Overall, a majority, 55 percent, says they would vote for someone else over Trump.  Democrats would back someone else by an 89-7 percent margin and independents by 59-22 percent.

Who might that someone else be? The survey asks voters what kind of president several potential Democratic candidates would be: excellent, good, only fair, or poor.  Voters are encouraged to say if they have never heard of someone, and that is certainly the case for many of those tested.

Two Democrats have officially announced their candidacy:  Maryland Rep. John Delaney and former West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda.  They have some of the lowest name recognition of anyone included in the survey.  About 7 in 10 voters overall and 7 in 10 Democrats are unable to rate either of them.

While the field is still undefined, it is no surprise better-known politicians currently rate higher.  Most Democrats say former Vice President Joe Biden (70 percent excellent or good) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (63 percent) would be excellent or good as president.

Some 38 percent of Democrats feel that way about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, while about a third thinks Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (36 percent), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (34 percent), and California Sen. Kamala Harris (33 percent) would be excellent or good.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets the largest number saying he would make an only fair or poor president:  38 percent of Democrats feel that way.  Warren comes second at 33 percent only fair/poor.

Many other potential candidates receive slightly higher negative than positive ratings among Democrats, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, and businessman Tom Steyer — though these potential candidates are largely unknown to a majority of Democrats.

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,006 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from December 9-11, 2018.  The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

Chicago candidate, 19, says Democratic Party machine falsified signatures to kick him off ballot

Allegations of election fraud are flying in Chicago's 13th Ward, where a 19-year-old student running for alderman accuses the city's Democratic Party machine of using dirty tricks in a bid to remove his name from the ballot.

David Krupa, a DePaul University freshman who’s making his first foray into politics, claims that 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and his supporters are trying to stop his candidacy.

Quinn is backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, one of the top Democrats in the state.

"We certainly need to show the machine that they can’t just bully people around anymore … I certainly believe there’s election fraud committed, yes."

— David Krupa

Krupa says Quinn’s supporters committed election fraud after he gathered 1,703 petition signatures, surpassing the 473 signatures required to run for alderman.

But even before he submitted the signatures, the current alderman’s supporters submitted affidavits from 2,796 people who said they wanted to revoke their signatures for Krupa – a difference of more than 1,000 signatures, Chicago’s WLS-TV reported.

“We certainly need to show the machine that they can't just bully people around anymore,” Krupa told the outlet. “I certainly believe there's election fraud committed, yes.”

13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn and his supporters were accused of trying to derail David Krupa’s candidacy with false signatures. (Facebook)

Michael Dorf, Krupa’s attorney, said the allegations of falsified affidavits and oaths cross a line.

“There are a lot of ways to be a tough campaigner, there are a lot of ways to fight hard within the rules, but when you start filing false oaths, false affidavits, that crossed the line,” he said.

Krupa and his attorney also said that only 187 of the people who signed a revocation affidavit also signed his petition to run for alderman.

This means more than 2,600 signatures were allegedly fraudulent.

Illinois Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is backing 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn. (Associated Press)

“They had to have been told that it was for something it wasn't for, or coerced into doing it somehow, and we actually had a lot of people who messaged me and said that was the case they only signed because it was brought to them three times a day for a week,” Krupa told the outlet.

He added that in the event of him being kicked off the ballot, he will take legal action. “If we get knocked off the ballot because of the election fraud that's happened here, we are 100 percent filing a federal lawsuit against Michael Madigan, Marty Quinn and every one of their precinct captains.”

But despite the alleged election fraud and receiving death threats, the political newcomer said he won’t be deterred.

“It’s not gonna stop me one bit from trying to expose the machine for what they are, and to expose them for what they’re capable of,” Krupa told WGN-TV.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

North Carolina elections official resigns amid voter fraud controversy: ‘Things have gotten way out of hand’

A North Carolina elections official with ties to a “person of interest” in the ongoing voter fraud investigation has resigned.

Jens Lutz, vice chair of the Bladen County Board of Elections, said “things have gotten way out of hand” in his resignation letter.

“Sometimes in life circumstances reach the breaking point especially when your [sic] trying to do the right thing,” Lutz, the former chairman of the Bladen County Democratic Party, said. “It becomes even more difficult when your family is drug [sic] into the drama plus your own party begins to attack you for compromising and common sense decisions.”

Lutz told WECT-TV he decided to step down after he was made aware that “some in the Democratic Party are not happy” with him.

Bladen County’s absentee ballots are at the center of a fraud probe that prompted the state elections board to refuse to certify Republican Mark Harris as the winner over Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th district election. The board cited allegations of “irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” involving mail-in ballots.

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A few years ago, Lutz started a political consulting firm with McCrae Dowless, who has been dubbed a “person of interest” by the state elections board in the probe. Dowless, a former Democrat, has a criminal record that includes prison time in 1995 for felony fraud and a conviction for felony perjury in 1992.

Dowless seems to have collected the most absentee ballot request forms in Bladen County this fall, according to documents released by the state elections board. He worked for a consulting firm hired by Harris’ campaign.

“I do everything by the book,” Lutz told WSOC-TV. “Once I see something is not 100 percent, I would rather not be a part of it. There were several people aware of what I was doing and at the time, McCrae was a Democrat, I was a Democrat.”

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The board could order a new election – which Harris said he would support if it’s proved fraud changed the outcome of the race – but for now, the vote count remains unofficial, with Harris leading McCready by about 900 votes.

Some Bladen County voters said strangers came to their homes to collect absentee ballots – even if they were not fully completed or sealed in an envelope to keep them from being altered, according to affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party.

North Carolina state law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter.

Lutz posted concerns about potential voter fraud on Facebook multiple times. On Nov. 5, he asked if anyone had received an absentee ballot without requesting one or if someone had picked up a ballot who was not a family member. And in October, he warned against strangers collecting absentee ballots and encouraged people to contact him if concerned.

The 9th district spans a few counties in the middle of North Carolina along the border with South Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

Ousted GOP congressman says ‘Trumpism isn’t the future’ of Republican Party

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo lost his seat to a Democratic challenger in the midterm elections, but he still has a vision for the GOP – and it doesn’t include what he calls “Trumpism.”

Curbelo, the 38-year-old who has represented Florida’s 26th congressional district since 2015, was defeated by Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in November. He was one of many Republican political casualties in the Democratic takeover of the House.

Curbelo was also one of a few Republican lawmakers whom President Trump criticized after they lost their elections for distancing themselves from him during their campaigns. He said the candidates who decided to “stay away” from him “did very poorly.”

“I don’t know whether I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it,” Trump said, before specifically naming Curbelo.

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In an interview with the Miami Herald, Curbelo wouldn’t speculate if Trump – whom he called a “media hog” – should lose re-election in 2020. But he did have some criticism for what he said has been Trump's impact on the Republican Party.

“This party has to understand that if we’re going to have a small government, free enterprise party in America, that Trumpism isn’t the future for such a party,” Curbelo told the newspaper. “Everyone has to understand that the post-Trump chapter has to start being written now. No matter how the White House or anyone else wants to frame it since Donald Trump has dominated Republican politics, House Republicans have lost 47 seats.”

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Republican Utah Rep. Mia Love also lost her congressional seat and was called out by Trump in the same speech. She, too, criticized Trump when she conceded, saying he has “no real relationships, just convenient transactions.”

She said she was initially surprised when the president “took a jab at me,” but later wondered, “What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?”

“This gave me a clear vision of his world as it is: no relationships, just convenient transactions,” Love said. “That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy.”

As for why he lost the race, Curbelo noted his campaign was outspent by Democrats, who funded a “barrage of ads and negative attacks.” Aside from attack ads, Curbelo also derided the negativity in “the national narrative.”

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“The national narrative the last few weeks was just very negative in terms of the immigration issue, the talk about birthright citizenship, the whole caravan circus,” he said. “With everything just being so nationalized, this idea that all politics is local is increasingly true. I was able to preserve my own brand and people were aware of it, just not enough people, especially in the face of a spending gap.”

Curbelo told the Miami Herald he is proudest of the work he did on immigration as a lawmaker and plans to do more work on the issue, as well as the environment, post-Congress.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

Florida Gov. Scott’s fight with election chief Brenda Snipes heats up, as replacement installed

The election may be decided, but the fight between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ousted Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes appears to have only just begun.

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, Peter Antonacci was sworn in on Monday to replace Snipes after Scott suspended her last week for “misfeasance, incompetence, neglect of duty” following a month of harsh criticism over Snipes’ mistakes during a recount of three statewide races in November. In one of those races, Scott – whose term in the governor’s house ends in January – defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

While Snipes has made no public statements about Antonacci taking over her job for the final two years of her term, she does not appear to be going down without a fight.

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Snipes had originally said she was resigning from her elected post as of January 4, but after Scott suspended her last Friday, she rescinded her resignation and said she has no plans to step down. During a press conference on Saturday, a lawyer representing Snipes, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, accused Scott of holding her client to an unfair standard and denied the governor’s accusations of any wrongdoing or misconduct on the part of Snipes.

“We believe these actions are malicious,” Norris-Weeks said, according to the New York Times, and “are done for the purposes of embarrassing Dr. Snipes — embarrassing her and tarnishing her record.”

In what dredged up memories of the 2000 presidential election that saw George W. Bush ultimately take the White House from former Vice President Al Gore, Florida was once again cast into the national spotlight in November thanks to a contentious recount.

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Liberal critics complained of what they called a poorly designed ballot in a Democratic stronghold in Florida that could have contributed to Sen. Nelson’s loss, while Republicans – including President Trump – slammed Snipes for sloppy work and blasted her for any mistake, such as mixing invalid provisional ballots with valid ones, missing a recount filing deadline by two minutes and misplacing 2,040 ballots during the recount process.

“I have taken responsibility for every act in this office, good, bad or indifferent,” Snipes said last month.

By the end of the day on Monday, Snipes name had been replaced by Antonacci’s on top of the Florida election’s website.

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Antonacci, who has no elections experience, has been close to Scott for years and has been employed by the outgoing governor for posts as Palm Beach County’s state attorney, South Florida Water Management District executive director and head of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida.

The new supervisor of elections spent most of Monday swearing in new staff and familiarizing himself with election operations.

“Elections are a lot more complex than people believe,” Antonacci told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I’m trying to evaluate the whole system and the people in it.”

Haley Barbour discusses possibility of Trump being challenged by a Republican in 2020

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said in a Fox News interview he believes it’s likely President Trump will be challenged in the 2020 Republican presidential primaries.

“I think it would be a mistake to assume there won’t be a Republican primary,” Barbour said Tuesday on “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.”

Trump, who remains popular in the Republican Party, has announced plans to run for re-election. But Barbour has questions..

“First of all, there is not a 100 percent chance that President Trump will run,” Barbour said. “There’s an assumption he will run.  I wouldn’t bet against it. But I think it would not be smart to say there won’t be a primary whether Trump runs or not”

Other anti-Trump Republicans have called for Trump to be challenged, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who said Sunday he is seriously considering running.

"We're seriously thinking about it," Kasich said on ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopoulos." “We're seriously talking about it with family and friends and political allies who have come to me about this."

Kasich unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 2016.

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Another Republican mentioned as a potential anti-Trump challenger is outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who recently said that “somebody needs to run on the Republican side.” He referenced both Kasich and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse as other possible challengers.

Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.

Joe Biden says he’s the ‘most qualified person in the country to be president’

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would decide if he’s running for president in 2020 soon. But in the meantime, he’s confident he is up for the job.

“I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that I’ve worked on my whole life,” Biden told a crowd in Montana Monday, according to the Missoula Current.

Biden, 76, was at the University of Montana in Missoula Monday to promote his book, “Promise Me, Dad.” He said he would rely on his family to help him decide whether he’ll run for president in 2020.

The former senator admitted he’s a “gaffe machine,” but contended he’s honest.

“No one doubts what I say; the problem is I sometimes say all that I mean,” Biden said. “The question is what kind of nation are we becoming?”

“We can’t have four more years,” Biden continued.

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President Trump said running against Biden would be a “dream” during an interview with CBS News earlier this year.

“Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than 1 percent, and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did,” Trump said at the time. “I’d love to have it be Biden.”

Biden represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 1988 and 2008, before former President Barack Obama tapped him as his running mate.

Should Biden decide to throw his hat into the ring for the presidency, he’s expected to join a crowded field of Democrats.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.