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Biden says he asked Obama not to endorse him—but people aren’t buying it

Not everyone is convinced.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Apr 25, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 1:58 pm CDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the latest person to jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to join the growing field, said on Thursday that he asked former President Barack Obama not to endorse him.

However, a lot of people aren’t buying that.

“I asked President Obama not to endorse, and he doesn’t want to…” he said, adding: “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”

Obama praised his former veep on Thursday, with his spokesperson saying he believes selecting Biden was “one of the best decisions he ever made,” according to Politico.

While Biden said he asked Obama not to endorse him, it’s clear that the former vice president will run on the record the two of them created while in office for eight years.

Obama has not made any kind of endorsement so far for candidates in the sprawling Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful field.

That wasn’t lost by many people on Twitter, who found the former vice president’s answer less than convincing.

He may not have immediately got Obama’s endorsement, but he did get Michael Avenatti’s pretty quickly.


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*First Published: Apr 25, 2019, 3:17 pm CDT