Vice President Joe Biden, who considered running for president but opted out, has shared his thoughts in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s disastrous defeat to President-elect Donald Trump.
“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden told the Los Angeles Times as to the reasons why Clinton was running for president. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.
“She thought she had no choice but to run. That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her.”
Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt joined “America’s Newsroom” Friday to talk about Biden’s remarks about Clinton’s campaign, Fox News Insider reported.
“The key was to just be steady and still and quiet and let the focus stay on Donald Trump,” Stirewalt said.
He added that Clinton made a “gross miscalculation” after possibly being swayed by what wound up being misinformed poll results.
“The voters who disliked both candidates broke for Trump at the end,” he said.
At one point, when Hillary began to lose ground with Democrat voters, Joe Biden considered rejoining the race but at that point it was too late.
No one expects that Joe Biden would run for president again. Except, that is, Joe Biden himself. Maybe.
“Yeah I am. I am going to run, in 2020,” Biden said, jokingly, during a visit to Capitol Hill on Monday. But then, in classic Biden fashion, he sort-of, kind-of suggested he was actually semi-serious, Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post reported. “I’m not committing to not running,” he said. “I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Biden has a long history of, well, just saying stuff. This is almost certainly that. I would be stunned if he ran for president in 2020 at age 78. And I think he would be too. As in, I think Biden is just talking here, not actually offering up a purposeful trial balloon to test a potential candidacy.
But, there are a bunch of reasons unique to Biden for why he just doesn’t (or can’t) totally foreclose the possibility of running again.
Foremost among them is the death of his eldest son, Beau, in May 2015. Beau’s death came at a time in which Biden was actively considering a run for president. When he ultimately decided not to run in October 2015, he cited the impact of Beau’s death on his decision. “As the family and I have worked through the — the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others: that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president,” Biden said, with President Obama by his side. “That it might close. I’ve concluded it has closed.”