Barack Obama did his level best to nudge Joe Biden out of the 2016 presidential race, after concluding that Hillary Clinton was more electable. The then-president ‘gently pressed’ his vice president during a series of weekly lunches, according to a report in The New York Times, tapping him toward the conclusion that he wasn’t up to the grueling task of running. And then came the hammer: Obama sent political aide David Plouffe to talk him out of it. It worked. Biden scrapped an announcement speech he had drafted. Instead, he declared alongside Obama in a Rose Garden speech that the time he spent grieving the death of his son Beau from brain cancer had closed the path forward. Now, at age 76, Biden has decided his time has come. But days after he launched his third White House run in earnest, an Obama endorsement still seems a great distance away. The former vice president gamely responded to the lack of a legacy-nod by telling reporters on Thursday that he wanted it that way. ‘I asked President Obama not to endorse me,’ he claimed during a Day One campaign stop. ‘He doesn’t want to – whoever wins this nomination should win… Read full this story
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