Obama Reportedly Cautioned Biden Ahead of 2020: ‘You Don’t Have to Do This, Joe’

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Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned his former vice president, Joe Biden, ahead of Biden’s jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

According to The New York Times report, Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Earlier in 2019, Obama told Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” as the former vice president mulled a presidential bid.

Biden, however, wasn’t backing down as he told Obama that he “could never forgive himself if he turned down a second shot at Mr. Trump,” the Times reports.

Obama has extended counsel to the 2020 Democratic candidates. The former president reportedly told Biden’s top campaign advisors whether Biden win’s or loses, “they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not ’embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign,” the Times reports.

Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden and doesn’t plan to endorse any of the Democratic candidates in the primary. Biden also previously noted that he asked Obama not to endorse him because “I didn’t want it to look like he was putting his thumb on the scale here.”

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It’s been a rocky start for Biden since he kicked off his 2020 presidential run, mixed with accusations, gaffes during campaigns, and tough debate performances.

During the first Democratic primary debate, Biden found himself under pressure as he struggled to defend his previous policies under the Obama administration, as IJR Red reported. Since then, he’s come under attack by other 2020 Democratic candidates about his past in other debates.

If he’s relying on the Obama administration in his 2020 bid, Biden said in late July, “It’s not a crutch.”

As for his gaffes, the former vice president has made multiple slip-ups, which have landed him in hot water.

Biden has also been faced several accusations of corruption during his years in the Obama administration, as IJR Red also dove further into.

Despite the bumps in the road, Biden is currently the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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Well well well, getting advice from the WORST POTUS in history and the mere fact that Obamanation is not backing anyone, now THAT is funny, he knows that ALL the democrats that are vying for the shot at being President are WORSE than he was!! Totally laughable!!! Watch out now, Joe, you don’t want to become TOO BIG of laughing stock than you already are!!!

djr4nger
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djr4nger

Yeah, Joe – it might be better for the democrat party if you just sit this one out!! Haaaa Ha Ha Ha!!! This is better than a season pass to Comedy Central!! Can’t wait for 2020!

Dave H
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Dave H

Biden is a pathetic, senile old man who will do anything to aggrandize himself. At this point, he’s just someones puppet (aren’t most politicians of all stripes?) probably Osamabamas.

Charles
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Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. I love how Biden claims there were no scandals during the Obama administration. Democrats actually believe it too. It’s amazing what the media and constant Democrat indoctrination can do.

Steve Zinck
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Biased media, Trump lies, Joev has gaffes. Plleeassse

US Citizen
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US Citizen

Biden is a loser. The other dems running are bigger losers. Anyone voting for the dem platform right now is voting for socialism. I thought Americans were smarter than that.

Edmund Hickey
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Be careful. The entire list of Democrat candidates, and I mea the ENTIRE lot, are useless, worthless and do not have America’s interests in mind if elected, only power to push their agenda onto the country and it ain’t pretty. So, all Democrat candidates being reprehensible, it will be time to bring in a ringer, a new (old) face, Michelle Obama. That would be the worse hting that could happen to our country, the Obamas in the White house again with all of their attendant corruption, hate, racism, cronyism, lies, arrogance, elitism, pandering to the Hollywood elite and bring our… Read more »

General Confusion
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“Agreed, Clinton had already been bought off with the SoS position.” Mort206

I am confused.

So you are saying, even though Mr Obama hadn’t been elected yet, that he had already had her confirmed as SoS BEFORE he announced his running mate and got elected into office? Wow. That’s some planning ahead!

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