Was it an endorsement of Hillary? Were his previous statements an endorsement of Bernie? Who is he endorsing? Just where exactly does Biden’s loyalties lie?
Despite his recent statements, it’s still unclear.
At the tail end of an interview with Mic, as Biden’s aides were attempting to shut the interview down for time, Biden was asked about the recent, heated exchanges between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Vice President Joe Biden waded into the contentious back-and-forth between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over Clinton’s qualifications to serve as president, telling Mic in an exclusive interview that both candidates are ‘totally qualified’ — adding that he’d ‘like to see a woman elected.’
Although his previous statements regarding Clinton being “relatively new” to the fight against income inequality caused political pundits and their fans to speculate that Biden was endorsing Bernie Sanders, his newest statements are swinging opinion the other way.
Is he endorsing Clinton? Not quite yet. Both Vice President Biden and President Obama have remained notably silent on their choice for Democratic nominee and they will more than likely to be waiting in a show of party unity until the nominee has been decided before putting their weight behind anyone.
‘The president and I are not going endorse because we both, when we ran said, ‘Let the party decide.’ But gosh almighty, they’re both qualified,’ he said. ‘Hillary’s overwhelmingly qualified to be president.’
Biden also stated, however, that he wasn’t buying into the idea that criticism against Hillary Clinton was related to, as Bill Clinton protested, Hillary being held to a “different standard” as a woman.
‘No, I don’t think she’s held to a higher standard. This country’s ready for a woman. There’s no problem. We’re going to be able to elect a woman in this country.’
Biden has certainly not held back throughout his time working with Hillary Clinton to criticize her policies and views when he felt it appropriate. He has publicly called out Clinton when he felt she was being divisive in her characterizations of Republicans as well as her inexperience in dealing with certain social issues.
Though Biden served alongside the former secretary of state in both the Senate and the Obama administration, he’s leveled not-so-thinly-veiled criticism of his erstwhile colleague, including in his White House Rose Garden speech announcing his no-go decision.
In the speech, Biden railed against ‘the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart,’ declaring, ‘I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition. They’re not our enemies.’ Those pointed remarks came just days after Clinton, in a Democratic debate, identified Republicans as among the enemies she was proudest of making.
For video of the interview, see below:
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