Biden: 'I don't need an Obama endorsement'
Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE insisted on Monday that he doesn’t need former President Obama’s endorsement in the Democratic presidential race because his connection to his ex-boss is already clear to voters.
In an interview with Politico, the former vice president repeated his past claim that he told Obama not to endorse him in the primary. Asked whether he would want the former president’s blessing if the field of Democratic candidates narrowed to three people, Biden was blunt.
“No, because everyone knows I’m close with him,” he said. “I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”
Biden also addressed a recent Politico Magazine story recalling how Obama once reportedly told another Democratic candidate that the former Delaware senator “really doesn’t have it” when it comes to connecting with voters on a personal level.
“He may have said that,” Biden told Politico. “And if it’s true, and he said it, there’s truth to it.”
In the interview, Biden also touched on the dynamics of the Democratic primary field. He dismissed the sense that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) has gained momentum in recent months, brushing off any notion that her large crowd sizes amount to measurable political energy.
“Oh, great, she had a showing in Chicago,” Biden said derisively, according to Politico. “By the way, that’s a wonderful thing. Show me any numbers.”
Biden accused another Democratic rival, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, of stealing his plans, saying that the 38-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., once backed a more progressive health care proposal before throwing his support behind a more moderate plan.
An aide to Buttigieg noted in response to Biden’s comments, however, that South Bend mayor had been proposing a public health care option, dubbed “Medicare for All who want it,” since before Biden entered the presidential race in April.
Overall, he said, the tenor of the Democratic primary contest is moving in the direction of the field’s moderates. Asked by Politico whether his brand of moderate politics had set the stage for Buttigieg’s success in Iowa, Biden accused his rival of latching on to his plans.
“Set it up? He stole it! Set it up?” Biden told the news outlet. “No, he doesn’t have the enthusiasm and the moderate — moderate plan. It’s the Biden plan.”
–Updated at 9:26 p.m.
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