Joe Biden has been notably shady on who he will endorse as the Democratic presidential nominee. At the very end of an interview with Politico on April 11, the vice president said that Hillary Clinton was more than qualified to be president and that he would love to see a woman as president, but stopped short at endorsing any candidate.
After Biden brushes off what sounds like his team trying to end the interview, he adds that both he and President Barack Obama decided not to endorse a Democratic candidate in the primary.
Today, however, Biden sure sounded like he was endorsing Bernie’s campaign for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. In an interview with The New York Times,
He remains neutral in the battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, but not between their campaign styles. He’ll take Mr. Sanders’s aspirational approach over Mrs. Clinton’s caution any day.
‘I like the idea of saying, “We can do much more,” because we can,’ Mr. Biden said in an interview on the Washington-to-Wilmington, Del., Amtrak train he has ridden throughout four decades in national politics.
‘I don’t think any Democrat’s ever won saying, “We can’t think that big — we ought to really downsize here because it’s not realistic,” he said in a mocking tone. ‘C’mon man, this is the Democratic Party! I’m not part of the party that says, “Well, we can’t do it.”
Biden noted that all great change began with ideas that sounded unrealistic, and that nothing changes when we remain silent about that which matters.
‘Presidents have always been told by really smart people: “Don’t push something that you can’t succeed in — it diminishes your power”…I completely disagree with that proposition.
‘Everything I’ve ever cared about — with the exception of the president’s brilliant passage of the Affordable Care Act — takes time…The only way to get these big things done is talk about them.’
While the vice president never mentioned the words “endorse” or “endorsement,” it sounds as if Biden is much more in tune with Sanders’s revolutionary approach over Clinton’s more solid, conventional style. This interview follows Biden’s statements in January about Hillary Clinton’s relatively new discussion on income inequality while Bernie Sanders has long been known as a seminal voice on this issue, which is resonating deeply with voters ready for radical change.
‘Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. And he has credibility on it.’
See the video from Now This on Biden’s statements below:
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