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Biden Reveals He Would've Won, But Feared Clinton Backers 'Would Stop At Nothing'

A year has gone by already, but there’s still a whole lot of speculation of ‘what might have been’ in terms of the 2016 presidential election. While a lot of the focus of that speculation is how things may have played out if the candidates had done this or that, there’s also some focus on what might have been if the names in the race were different. Specifically, there’s a school of thought that suggests former Vice President Joe Biden would have cruised to victory if he had thrown his hat into the ring.

As the Daily Mail shares, Biden has indicated that he certainly could’ve won in his new memoir, but there were things that held him back from pulling the trigger. In ‘Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,’ Biden makes a number of eye-opening revelations that will certainly have people talking.

“My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty, and empathy were as high as they had ever been. And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton, was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida,” Biden wrote.

While Biden has long noted that personal family troubles led him to decide not to run, including the death of his son Beau, he does admit that there were other forces that caused him to think twice.

“Barack and I knew, coverage in the West Wing would shift from his agenda to my chances. I also believe he had concluded that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to be the nominee,” the former vice president writes.

In addition to the fact that Obama was concerned that he would lose, Biden was surprised to see a lot of negativity in the press about him, and he has a good idea where that was coming from.

“He was now calling it a big mistake. That was followed by a story alleging I was cozy with the banking and credit card industry when I was a senator,” Biden added. “And Clinton backers sent the signal that they would not stop at voting records and policies if I did get in the race."

Despite that, he saw plenty of signs that suggested he should go for it, including a ringing endorsement from the powers that be in Hollywood.

“I love Joe Biden, and if he decided to do this I will step up with any and all assistance I can provide,” actor George Clooney reportedly told his chief of staff. “I think I've proved I'm pretty good fund-raiser, so that's all anyone asks me to do. But I am invested in this. I am willing to take a campaign role if you want me.”

It sounds like one of the final decisions came when Biden saw a repulsive story that suggested he would attempt to capitalize on the death of his son out on the campaign trail.

“I should have seen this coming, I guess,” Biden noted. “The Politico story exceeded even my worst expectations of what the opposition was going to be like. The idea that I would use my son's death to political advantage was sickening.”

There continues to be speculation that Biden could be a serious contender in 2020. He hasn’t completely ruled it out, so we’ll have to wait and see if he sees things differently next time around.

Source: Daily Mail
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