Jill Biden didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement of her husband’s candidacy for president on Monday.
The former Second Lady was campaigning for Joe in Manchester, New Hampshire and said, “So yes, you know, your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘Ok, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
Dr. Jill Biden urges voters to consider her husband's electability, saying: "your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election."
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 20, 2019
Addressing a small group, she continued, “I know that not all of your are committed to my husband and I respect that, but I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.
She went on to tout how well Joe is doing in the polls.
Biden released a new ad, titled “Bones,” on Tuesday.
In the spot, Joe Biden touts polls showing him leading the field of Democrat contenders, and he wraps himself in President Obama, showing his former boss four times.
Ignoring his Democrat rivals and instead focusing on President Trump, “All the polls agree Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat to do the job,” the ad says.
“No one is more qualified,” it continues, before showing Biden in the Situation Room with Obama. Another features Obama looking over Biden’s shoulder in the Oval Office.
“For 8 years, President Obama and Vice President Biden were an administration America could be proud of, our allies could trust and our kids could look up to,” it says, again flashing an image of Biden with Obama.
The ad goes on to tout the duo’s record.
But just a few days ago, Obama said he tried to talk Biden out of running.
The New York Post reports:
Former President Barack Obama tried to talk Joe Biden out of jumping into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — and fears his veep could “damage his legacy” with his White House bid, according to a report.
“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” the former president told Biden before the front-runner entered the race, insiders told the New York Times.
Biden has repeatedly cited his relationship with his old boss as he touts his credentials on the campaign trail — but Obama has asked Biden staffers to make sure the gaffe-prone veep does not “damage his legacy” or “embarrass himself” during his run.
So as Obama attempts to distance himself from his gaffe-prone protege, Biden seems to be pulling his former boss closer.