Joe Biden disses Hillary Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great candidate’

By Aaron Blake, (c) 2017, The Washington Post


Former vice president Joe Biden stirred the Democratic pot a little bit on Thursday night.

Vice President Joe Biden listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pa., on Aug. 15, 2016. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

Appearing at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, the possible 2020 presidential candidate weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy in a way that Clinton supporters sure won’t like.

“I never thought she was a great candidate,” Biden said, according to reports. “I thought I was a great candidate.”

Biden clarified, according to CNN, that “Hillary would have been a really good president.” But that isn’t likely to make Clinton supporters feel much better.

Biden isn’t the first leading Democratic figure with possible designs on 2020 to apparently slight Clinton. Clinton’s 2016 primary foe, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has repeatedly offered some version of this quote: “It wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election; it was that the Democratic Party that lost the election.”

Those comments have definitely rubbed some Clinton supporters the wrong way, and Biden’s are likely to even more so, given how direct they were.

Of course, Biden isn’t saying anything that most every election analyst already hasn’t. You can make a pretty objective case that Clinton wasn’t a great candidate, given she lost an election she was expected to win to an opponent who became the most…

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