LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden is joking about the size of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field, saying he always expected tough competition but never anticipated running against "300 people."
The former vice president made the quip Thursday at the end of a two-day fundraising swing through Los Angeles. It came after he was introduced at the Jonathan Club by Tom Girardi, an attorney who is married to "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Erika Jayne.
Girardi hyped recent polling that shows Biden as a front-runner.
Biden responded: "I know all this stuff looks good," but there's "a long, long ways to go."
He added: "It's one heck of a field, although I never anticipated it would be 300 people."
Although some candidates have criticized Biden, he said he would "never speak ill" of another Democratic competitor.