Joe Biden Says He ‘Never’ Thought Hillary Clinton Was a ‘Great Candidate’

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former Vice President Joe Biden still isn’t done with Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election — and that may be why he refuses to rule out running again for president in 2020.

In an interview at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, Biden said this of Clinton: “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.”

If you’re surprised by Biden running down Clinton, you haven’t been paying close attention to the former vice president’s utterances. Lucky for you, I have!

In late March, Biden said this about why Democrats lost the 2016 campaign:

“What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class. You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant.”

Late last year, Biden was more blunt in an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli:

“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden told Memoli of the underlying message of Clinton’s campaign. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.” Biden added: “She thought she had no choice but to run. That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Chris Cillizza