Joe Biden Says 'Eight Years of Trump' Will Change the 'Nature of Who We Are' as Americans: 'We're in Real Trouble'

Former Vice President Joe Biden told CNN, "We're in real trouble," if President Donald Trump is re-elected, and two terms would have a huge effect on the American people.

During his appearance on New Day, anchor John Berman asked Biden what Trump's re-election would tell the former vice president about America, when the campaign is finished.

"I think eight years of Donald Trump will change the country, the nature of who we are," Biden responded.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

The Democratic contender also said the possibility of Trump winning a second term is more of a reason for Democrats to work hard to win the 2020 election. "That's why we can't shoot and miss in terms of politically. We have to be able to win," he said, while also saying it was important to win down ballot.

Biden also told CNN why he feels he's the most qualified candidate to defeat the president. "It's one thing to have all the plans in the world, but who has followed through on their plans? Who has gotten big things done in the United States Congress? Who has gotten big things done from the perspective of vice president as a relation to Congress?" he said. "I've been deeply involved in this for a long time, and I've been very successful in getting legislation passed and getting major initiatives moved."

The former vice president also said that it is important for Democrats to win the majority in the Senate during the 2020 election. "I think it's really important that we have enough senators that we have a 51 majority in the United States Senate, and we can do that," he said. "We can win in North Carolina. We can win in Georgia. We can win in a number of places, but you have to have a team that in fact is going to work on the down-ballot folks as well."

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Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Coastal Carolina University on February 27, in Conway, South Carolina. On CNN, Biden said that "I think it's really important that we have enough senators that we have a 51 majority in the United States Senate." Scott Olson/Getty

In another clip, Biden questioned whether front-runner Senator Bernie Sanders' listing himself as a socialist would help him win in certain states.

"Bernie's not a bad guy, but Bernie's got a record too. Now that in fact, he has become a front-runner, everybody's now focusing on things Bernie said and did, like they've justifiably been doing for me for the last six months," he told CNN. "The fact that someone would list themself as an official independent, not even a Democrat except to run for the office of president, and then, list themselves as a socialist. That doesn't fly very well. I'll just ask you a rhetorical question: do you think that running as a socialist would help you in Georgia, help you in North Carolina, help you in South Carolina, help you in Texas? I'll let everybody else make that decision."

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.