Biden: Clinton Ran Because She Felt Obligated

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Vice President Joe Biden said he believes former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ran more out of obligation than a desire to serve as commander in chief.

Biden said he thinks Clinton sought to open “up a whole range of new vistas to women” in the way President Barack Obama attempted to do for minorities during the campaign. While have speculated Clinton had long desired to move back to the White House, Biden said he doesn’t think the decision was that easy for her.

“She thought she had no choice but to run,” he told The LA times. “That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her.”

The Clinton camp has blamed a number of factors ranging from fake news to Russian hackers for the surprise upset on election day. But, according to Biden, her campaign lacked direction and a reason behind why she was seeking the office.

“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” he said. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.”

Biden opted not to seek the nomination after the death of his son, Beau Biden, despite being encouraged by top donors who weren’t satisfied with their options.

He has since hinted he is considering throwing his hat in the ring in 2020.

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