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

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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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).