Former vp Joe Biden gave the annual Harvard College Clbad Day handle in May. (Steven Senne/AP)
In tv appearances Monday, former vp Joe Biden stated he wouldn’t have taken Hillary Clinton’s place because the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee even when he had been given the prospect.
Donna Brazile, the previous chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, claimed in a brand new memoir that she thought-about initiating a course of to swap Clinton out for Biden final 12 months after Clinton fainted at a Sept. 11 memorial occasion. On NBC’s “Today” present Monday, Biden informed host Matt Lauer that Brazile’s guide was the primary time he or any of his employees heard of such a chance.
“I give you my word,” Biden stated. “I would never have taken it. I was for Hillary. I did 83 campaign events for Hillary. I think I can say I did more events and worked harder for Hillary, as hard for Hillary, as anyone else. She would have been a first-rate president.”
[Donna Brazile: I considered replacing Clinton with Biden as 2016 Democratic nominee]
Biden famous he had already determined, lengthy earlier than final fall, that he was not ready to run for president. His oldest son, Beau Biden, died of mind most cancers in May 2015, and the previous vp repeatedly stated final 12 months that he knew he wouldn’t be capable to face up to the pressures of a marketing campaign whereas grieving.
“I was not ready in terms of my family,” Biden informed Lauer. “So, no, I would never have done that.”
Biden definitely seemed like a would-be candidate on “Today” as he mentioned the modifications he felt the Democratic Party wanted to make to achieve success — and refused to rule out the opportunity of working in 2020. He fielded questions from viewers members about gun violence, President Trump’s efficiency and whether or not voters can be postpone by Biden’s age in a presidential race. Biden, 74, can be 77 if he determined to run for president in 2020.
“Look, I think people have a right to ask your age, your health. I think if anyone were to run for president, you should fully disclose your medical records,” he stated. “Right now — as my mother would say, knock on wood — I’m healthy. I’m in pretty good shape. But, you know, that’s a way off. If we run, I think it’s a legitimate issue for people to raise.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 13, 2017
In an interview on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” host Kelly laid out the challenges Biden would face if he did enter the 2020 race.
“The critics will say you are too old — you are going to be 77 in 2020 — you wouldn’t have any new ideas, you have already run twice and lost,” she stated. “You would have to promise it would be one term only and … the blue-collar Rust Belters … you would need to get elected already love Donald Trump.”
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Biden didn’t miss a beat. “They love me more,” he informed Kelly to viewers laughter. “But they are right about all the first parts, correct. I am not sure I can overcome the front end, but I understand the Rust Belt. Donald Trump has no notion of what those people are going through.”
When Kelly requested him whether or not he was “getting any closer” to deciding, nevertheless, Biden stated no.
“If the Lord came down and sat here and said, ‘Look, the nomination is yours if you accept it now,’ I would say, ‘No, not now,’” he informed Kelly. “Because I’m not ready. There’s so much more to do in terms of finishing this book, finishing the ability to try to win back the House of Representatives. And then we’ll see.”
He added: “I’ve become a great respecter of fate. It’s not being blunt — I think I’m qualified to be president, but there’s a lot of really talented people out there in the Democratic Party.”
As The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reported, Brazile wouldn’t have had the facility to unilaterally exchange Clinton with Biden. Nevertheless, the claims Brazile made in her new guide, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” prompted a wave of outraged responses from former Clinton marketing campaign officers who stated they “do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book.”
“We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees,” learn an open letter signed by greater than 100 former marketing campaign aides. “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health.”
Brazile’s guide caught the eye of Trump, who used it to launch a string of tweets accusing “Crooked Hillary & the Dems” of stealing the first election.
…New Donna B guide says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What in regards to the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November three, 2017
The actual story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new guide. Crooked Hillary purchased the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November three, 2017
Days later, Brazile walked again her declare that the first was “rigged,” saying Trump had misquoted her.
Today’s lesson: Being quoted by Donald Trump means being MIS-quoted by Donald Trump. Stop trolling me. #NeverSaidHillaryRiggedElection
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November three, 2017
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Dec. 5, Vice President Joe Biden appeared to depart the door open for a 2020 presidential run, saying, “I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.” (The Washington Post)
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