Clinton Candidacy Creates Obama-Biden Rift
As the White House prepares for President Obama’s final State of the Union address, the last thing they needed was a rift between Obama and Vice President Biden. Yet, that’s exactly what they have on their hands. To make matters even worse, the rift is over Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
According to CNN, Obama views the speech tonight as an important step in helping Clinton follow him into the White House. They reported that:
Though the White House says Obama will not endorse a candidate in the 2016 primary race, there is no doubt that he has long seen Clinton as the best hope for preserving his legacy.
Biden’s campaign to undermine Clinton took a hiatus after his flirtation with a run this summer, but started up again last week when he told an interviewer that he regrets “every day” not running for president.
Biden followed that up with attacks on Clinton’s lack of action on income inequality and praising Senator Sanders “authenticity.” Biden stated that:
“‘Hillary’s focus has been other things up to now, and that’s been Bernie’s — no one questions Bernie’s authenticity on those issues,’ Biden said. He went on to say people question anybody who hasn’t been talking about the issue that long.”
Then in the face of Clinton’s attacks on Sanders’ gun control record, Biden praised Sanders:
“Sanders has sufficiently come around on the issue of gun control, Biden said, even as the Clinton campaign continued to launch withering criticism of Sanders’ past vote allowing legal immunity for gun manufacturers whose products are involved in fatal shootings.”
Hopefully, Obama isn’t too distracted watching his back tonight to focus on the speech .