Last week, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile revealed that Hillary Clinton rigged the 2016 Democratic primaries against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Now, former Vice President Joe Biden is also speaking out to slam Clinton and her campaign.
Daily Mail reported that Biden revealed that he knew he could beat Clinton in the presidential race, but decided not to run fearing a “stop at nothing” campaign by her backers, the former vice president has revealed in his new memoir. In his book Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, which is due out next Tuesday, Biden opens up about how he wrestled with the idea of running for office before and after his son Beau’s death, and even admits he did not want to be Obama’s vice president in 2008.
The memoir centers around Biden’s life as Obama’s tenure drew to a close and the media’s focus had shifted to the prospects of the presidency. This caused bitter infighting among Democrats that lasted since they were shocked by Clinton’s defeat a year ago Wednesday. Though Biden is careful not to attack Clinton directly, it’s clear that he has no love for her.
“My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been. And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida,” he wrote.
Clinton lost each of these states in the election, which is a big reason why she lost to Donald Trump. Biden also talks candidly about how he feared “opposition research” which would “stop at nothing” in the days before he announced he would not run.
At the time Biden was considering his run, his bereaved family was being torn apart by his surviving son Hunter’s bitter split from his wife amid accusations of blowing a fortune on drugs and sex with prostitutes. Hunter then made headlines when he started dating his brother Beau’s widow.
Biden also suggests that he was backstabbed by none other than Obama himself.
“In January 2015 the president was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election,” Biden wrote, adding that Obama had become “preoccupied” with the question of whether Biden would run and had been “subtly weighing in against” it.
“Barack and I knew, coverage in the West Wing would shift from his agenda to my chances. I also believe he had concluded that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to be the nominee,” Biden recalled.
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