In a series of television appearances Monday, former vice president Joe Biden said he would not have taken Hillary Clinton’s place as the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, even if he had been given the chance.
Donna Brazile, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, claimed in a new memoir that she had considered initiating a process to swap Clinton out for Biden last year after Clinton fainted at a Sept. 11 memorial event. On NBC’s “Today” show Monday, Biden told host Matt Lauer that Brazile’s book was the first time he or any of his staff had heard of such a possibility.
“I give you my word,” Biden said. “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.”
Biden noted he had already decided, long before last fall, that he was not prepared to run for president. His oldest son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in May 2015, and the former vice president repeatedly said last year that he knew he wouldn’t be able to withstand the pressures of a campaign while grieving.
“I was not ready in terms of my family,” Joe Biden told Lauer. “So, no, I would never have done that.”
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