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Biden Comes This Close to Endorsing Bernie Sanders

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thefiscaltimes articleThe following is an excerpt from Eric Pianin | January 12, 2016 | Thefiscaltimes.com |

There’s little doubt that Vice President Joe Biden is sorely disappointed that he couldn’t enter the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign, and he seems to be taking out his frustration on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Biden made it clear throughout his months-long public agonizing over whether to put himself and his family through another national campaign following the tragic death from cancer of his 46-year-old son, Beau, that he had serious doubts about whether Clinton could either win the nomination or lead their party to victory in November. During an October 21 speech at the White House with his wife, Jill and President Obama, Biden acknowledged that he had run out of time in order to mount a successful presidential campaign.

Although he didn’t mention Clinton by name, Biden made what some viewed as thinly veiled criticism of her, warning against engaging in excessive partisanship or straying too far from liberal Democratic values on key issues. And last week, while promoting President Obama’s new executive orders on background checks for gun purchases, Biden said to a reporter in Connecticut, that he regrets not seeking the nomination every day but that “it was the right decision for my family and for me.”

Now, as the Democratic primary contests tighten between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden has poked Clinton in the eye with comments highly sympathetic to Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist from Vermont who has largely campaigned on the plight of the middle class, income inequality and the excesses of Wall Street.

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