A new book dissecting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s election loss reveals former Vice President Joe Biden thought that the Democratic presidential nominee was “playing ugly” during her presidential campaign.
According to “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” written by political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes and released on April 18, Clinton viewed Biden as a “DEF-CON 1 threat,” the Daily Mail reports.
Consequently, she went to great lengths to discourage Biden from running, including blaming Biden for her support of a 2001 Wall Street-friendly bill.
Even as far back as 2013, Clinton was reportedly trying to “box him in” by recruiting allies and donors.
“If she thinks she’s going to force me out of a race like this, she had another thing coming to her,” Biden said in response to her tactics.
The book went on to say that “the media focused so much attention on Hillary and her second bid for the presidency when [Biden] was sitting in plain sight in the White House.”
Yet it’s not just Clinton that the book’s authors took issue with; according to them, Biden was also displeased with former President Barack Obama.
“He was also being overlooked by the president whom he had faithfully served, a painful if silent rebuke,” the book reads. “Obama and his aides refused to take sides publicly, and some still had no appetite to help Hillary. But few thought Biden, who would turn seventy-four the month of the 2016 election, was the right person to represent Democrats in the campaign.”
The former vice president eventually decided against running for president as he was still grieving the death of his son, who had died in May 2015.
Nevertheless, Biden has since expressed his regret over the decision.
“I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me, and I plan on staying deeply involved,” he said in 2016, reports WVIT.
Biden again reiterated similar sentiments in March, adding he believes he would have won had he run against Trump.
“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said, reports Variety. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won. I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president. But do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified.”
Sources: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign/Amazon.com, Daily Mail, WVIT, Variety / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr