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Biden Asked President Obama Not To Endorse Him

Former Vice President Joe Biden is officially running for president, but is not seeking an endorsement from his former boss.

While Biden and Obama won two elections on the same ticket, and spent eight years in the White House together, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield explained to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that Biden “wants to make his own case” to the American people. (RELATED: Joe Biden Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign)

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“The vice president actually asked the president not to endorse,” Bedingfield said. “He wanted to make the case. He is running in this race because he believes we need to restore the soul of this nation, we need to rebuild the backbone of America, and that we need to unify and come together.”

She also emphasized that Democrats are looking for “change” in 2020. (RELATED: Trump Tweets ‘Dark Knight’-Themed Re-Election Video)

“As Democrats are looking for a change, and frankly as voters across the country are looking for a change from what we currently have in the White House, there’s no bigger change than Joe Biden,” Bedingfield said.

Shortly after Biden launched his bid for the White House, Obama released a statement praising his former running-mate, but stopped short of endorsing him.

“President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made,” Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said. “He relied on the vice president’s knowledge, insight and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”

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