President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, are locked in a tight battle for the Oval Office as the 2020 presidential election nears.
And some Republicans are vocally hoping for Biden to unseat Trump.
“Many Republicans feel that Joe Biden is actually more of a Republican than President Trump if you really study his record, and you studied Trumpism,” Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBride Capital and former White House Communications Director, said during Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit Extra. “And so, I think it’s going to be a very difficult election for the president.”
Biden has garnered support from several notable Republicans, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and former Sen. Jeff Flake. And, a group of Republicans — including George Conway, husband of White House advisor Kellyanne Conway — dubbed “Never Trumpers,” have formed The Lincoln Project, a group dedicated towards electing Trump out of office.
“I think many Republicans feel this is now a battle for democracy,” Scaramucci said. “This is the biggest schism in the Republican Party since the Gerry Ford-Ronald Reagan schism in 1976. And so, a good portion of Republicans, myself included, have broken away from the president and would choose Joe Biden over President Trump.”
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who vied for the Republican nomination in 2016, will be speaking in support of Biden at the upcoming Democratic National Convention (DNC).
“You’ve got a number of things going on right now in 2020,” Scaramucci said. “Very different from 2016. And that’s basically the schism in the party. And if Governor Kasich represents that, I’m very excited that he’s going to be speaking at the DNC.”
This isn’t the first time Scaramucci has expressed support for the former Vice President. Back in January, he told Yahoo Finance that Biden was among the Democratic candidates who could best stand a chance against Trump in the election. Scaramucci has also been outspoken about his criticism towards Trump, claiming he is “doubling and tripling down on full-on racism.”
‘A battle for democracy’
Biden is currently polling at 46% while Trump is at 38%, according to a recent Reuters poll. That poll indicated that 34% of voters said their most important factor in choosing a candidate was one who has “a robust plan to help the nation recover” from the coronavirus.
The longtime Delaware Senator is considered by most to be a moderate Democrat, although he has recently consulted the staffs of progressive-leaning congresspersons Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) for devising a health care plan with a public option and a sustainable climate change proposal.
Some of Biden’s positions, meanwhile, are not as progressive as many Democrats would like. For example, Biden is against Medicare for all (although he does support a public option) and has not indicated support for free college for all, just two free years at a community college.
Adriana is a reporter and editor covering politics and health care policy for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @adrianambells.