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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.
After announcing his 2020 bid, Joe Biden says he asked former President Obama not to endorse him.— CNN (@CNN) April 25, 2019
“Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits,” the former vice president said in Delaware. https://t.co/AJjELuQ4YH pic.twitter.com/0tbAIDexIp
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.
Riiigghht!— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) April 25, 2019
Anybody who buys this
Is dumb enough to vote for him
Everyone else just looked and said
What an awful liarhttps://t.co/WavGxOd9VD
Biden doesn’t have Obama’s endorsement (he says he asked Obama NOT to endorse him 🙄) and yet look at this chummy lil pic. Almost feels like false/misleading advertising... pic.twitter.com/1RoBe7cQl7— April (@ReignOfApril) April 25, 2019
Raise your hand if you think Biden is lying his ass off saying he doesn’t want Obama’s endorsement....🙋♂️🙋♂️🙋♂️🙋♂️🙋♂️🙋♂️ https://t.co/e7o8a4B05e— Greggo (@TCUWhiteTrash) April 25, 2019
Biden campaign: Asked Obama not to endorse so Joe can make his own case.— Jean-Bertrand Uwilingiyimana (@juwiling) April 25, 2019
But we did ask if we could use him in all our ADs. Because you know, it’s not like ada like these scream his endorsement. #Biden pic.twitter.com/ghlItO4giu
He may not have immediately got Obama’s endorsement, but he did get Michael Avenatti’s pretty quickly.
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).