This is not something Joe Biden should say. It is like Trump saying the only way that he loses the election is if it is rigged.
And even if it is likely Biden will win based upon current polling, pollsters still say there is a chance Trump wins in a fair contest. Talking like this can delegitimize election outcomes.
Loving all the people in my mentions telling me that I should learn something about how elections work.
To be clear: Biden can condemn the chicanery and the attempts by Republicans to make it harder to vote even during a pandemic. What he shouldn't say is that *the only way* he loses is if the other side cheats.
Glad to see Biden clarify this. (Trump has only double and triple-downed on his irresponsible “rigged” election rhetoric.
All those people saying I was wrong to call this out: the fact that Biden responded so quickly and corrected the statement immediate until shows that the campaign recognizes the danger of delegitimizing rhetoric. The Trump campaign has done the opposite.

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All of a sudden from @BartonGellman's excellent @TheAtlantic piece, people are learning that we only get to vote for President because state legislatures give voters that right, and they can take it away. The risk of this happening in 2020 is not new but also not likely. /1
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