The former vice president said he “never thought” Hillary Clinton was “the correct candidate,” and also refused to rule out a 2020 run.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he “never thought” Hillary Clinton “was the correct candidate” in remarks at the SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday.
While Biden has long offered light criticism of Clinton and the Democratic Party’s recent failure to resonate with working-class Americans, the comments he made on Thursday were the clearest sign to date that Biden never saw Clinton as the right standard-bearer for his party.
Joe Biden at #salt2017 on Hillary Clinton:
"I never thought she was the correct candidate. I thought I was the correct candidate."
— Yashar (@yashar) May 19, 2017
Biden also hesitated on a 2020 run for president, saying he can run but “probably” will not. CNN pointed out Biden will be 78 years old during much of the 2020 campaign.
Hindsight is 20-20, but Biden’s comments about 2016 may also shine a light on how wrong then-President Obama and Clinton were to force Biden from making another run for president.
Politico‘s Glenn Thrush wrote, in July 2016, that Obama orchestrated the effort “to push Biden” away from a run for the presidency and “toward a graceful exit.”
Biden thinks, and perhaps Obama wonders if, that decision cost Democrats the White House.
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