When asked if he wanted Obama’s endorsement, Biden again said that he asked Obama not to endorse him, adding that he doesn’t need it because “everyone knows I’m close with him.”
“No, because everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”
Biden touted his support among African American voters, “I was the one who was sent in. And the reason was because all the polling and data showed that I had those relationships with the base of the Democratic Party as well as African-Americans. And so I did as many African Americans events as Barack did.”
In the early stages of Biden’s campaign, many spectators wondered if Obama would endorse Biden. However, Obama has not endorsed Biden and has said that he does not want to endorse a candidate during the primary.
Biden was mocked for touting his relationship with Obama, after he tweeted out a picture of a friendship bracelet on “Best Friends Day” with the caption “Happy [Best Friends Day] to my friend, [Barack Obama].”
He also faces a challenge from the late entrance of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has cast himself as a moderate candidate and has millions of dollars at his disposal to spend during the primary.
“No, he doesn’t have the enthusiasm and the moderate — moderate plan. It’s the Biden plan.”
He continued to blast the media’s coverage of Buttigieg, claiming that he got off easy after he changed his healthcare plan.
“What would you have done to me?” Biden said, adding, “You would have torn my ears off. I would be a plagiarizing, no good, old man who did bum bum bum.”