‘Everyone Knows I’m Close With Him’: Biden Claims He Doesn’t Need Obama’s Endorsement

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told Politico that he doesn’t need the endorsement of former President Barack Obama to bolster his presidential bid.

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].”

Biden’s comments come as his campaign has been lagging in the polls, and he has been losing ground in Iowa as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has soared to first place in the state.

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.

Biden blasted Buttigieg, saying the former mayor “stole” his healthcare plan and questioned the enthusiasm for Buttigieg’s campaign.

“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.”

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