Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly did want to run for president in 2016 but worried he would face intense backlash from his party’s would-be nominee.
In her new book, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling,” New York Times reporter Amy Chozick described how Biden told the White House press corps that he wanted to run but thought that the Clintons would sabotage him.
He said something like “you guys don’t understand these people,” according to an excerpt in the Daily Beast. “The Clintons will try to destroy me.” Some, like Times columnist Maureen Dowd, floated Biden as a possible choice for Democratic contender.
Biden told Oprah Winfrey last year that he thought he was the most qualified to be president in 2016 and that he regretted not being in that position instead of Trump. And in a poll released last year, Biden beat Trump by double digits in a 2020 election matchup.
Chozick’s book revealed behind-the-scenes details of the Clinton campaign, including how Hillary blamed others immediately after her campaign manager, Robby Mook, informed her of her impending loss.
“I knew it. I knew this would happen to me,” she said. “They were never going to let me be president.”
But others pointed to her own behavior, like calling Trump’s supporters “deplorables” in a fundraising speech just before the 2016 election. According to Chozick, even Clinton herself seemed to privately admit she crossed a line.
“I really messed up,” Clinton reportedly told her aides on the night of the speech.
Chozick described Clinton as put off by people telling her that “nobody” liked her and eventually asked, “Oh, what’s the point? They’re never going to like me.”