Joe Biden, former Vice President, has announced his campaign for 2020 Presidential Elections. His campaign was released on Thursday in a three minute video, where he was critical of Donald Trump, and showed himself as the perfect Presidential candidate to lead the country.
However, as of now, former President Barack Obama has decided not to endorse his former running partner. According to their aides, Biden and Obama share a stronger bond, and an “exceptionally close” friendship.
A confidant of Obama has said that he does not plan to support anyone yet, not even the former vice president during the early stages of the 2020 Presidential elections. Obama believes that it was the experience of the 2008 Presidential nomination which made him a better president.
In the 2016 Presidential elections as well, Obama waited for the primary process to end before endorsing Hilary Clinton. Even though Obama has not endorsed Joe Biden yet, he praised him in an official statement.
Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said, “President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made.”
She further added, “He relied on the vice president’s knowledge, insight, and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”
When asked about why his former boss of eight years has not came forward in his support, Biden said, “I asked President Obama not to endorse and whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”
Biden has been raising the issues affecting the working class even before announcing his presidential campaign officially.
Senator Bob Casey and Chris Coons have come forward in support of Joe Biden as soon as he announced his campaign. Even though Biden referred to himself as “Obama-Biden Democrat”, he did not mention the name of Obama once in his announcement video.
Meanwhile, critics responded to Biden’s claim by mocking him on Twitter. While one of the users said, “Yeah and I rejected that NBA contract because I wanted to show my b-ball skills without having to dominate others,” the other user said, “lol sure, Joe.”
If Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden from the early stages of the presidential campaign, it will segregate the crowded field – which includes one of his former cabinet secretaries. The segregation might influence the voters, affecting their ability to decide the best suited candidate for the role.