'Bad news for Biden'? Students' reactions to Ukraine dealings complicate former VP's 2020 chances

  • Campus Reform's Eduardo Neret joined Fox & Friends Tuesday to discuss his latest video on former Vice President Joe Biden and his alleged dealings with Ukraine.
  • Students with whom Campus Reform spoke called Biden's son's lucrative Ukraine oil contract while father was vice president "corrupt."
  • Neret called these perceptions "bad news" for Biden's presidential campaign in 2020.

After news broke that former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, made $50,000 per month working for a Ukraine oil company, despite having no prior experience in the industry, as some suggested that Biden may have leveraged the power of his office as vice president to secure the lucrative position for his son, Campus Reform asked students at the University of Miami to respond to the controversy, specifically, whether they found they perceived the arrangement as corrupt. 

Most students with whom Campus Reform spoke said that yes, they did think such behavior is corrupt, further underscoring the difficulty Biden could have winning over younger, more progressive Democrat voters in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary. 

"This is bad news for the Biden campaign"   

Campus Reform's Eduardo Neret, who spoke with the students at the University of Miami, joined Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to discuss the possible implications for the Biden campaign just a few months ahead of the all-important Iowa caucuses. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Students call Biden's Ukraine ties 'corrupt']



"This is bad news for the Biden campaign," Neret said. "The fact that college students who are a key constituency in the Democratic Party are down on Biden isn't good news. They're upset with the status quo, they're upset with career politicians, and frankly, this is the reputation Biden has. They didn't settle for an establishment candidate like Hillary Clinton in 2016 and it looks like they're not going to settle for Biden in 2020." 

This comes as a recent CollegePulse poll found that the majority of college prefer candidates with more socialist policies, namely Sen. Bernie Sanders (29 percent) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (22 percent). Support for Biden (10 percent) among college students was less than half of that of Warren and just over one-third of college students' support for Sanders.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Democrats can’t name a Biden accomplishment]

College students are not the only ones who could struggle to get on board with Biden, though. 

In August, Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips traveled to Detroit, the site of the first Democrat presidential primary debate, and asked attendees there whether they could name any of Biden's accomplishments. Very few people with whom Campus Reform spoke could point to any.

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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