- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2017

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Monday he was never approached by the Democratic National Committee to replace nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

“I give you my word, the first time I or any of my staff heard anything about that was in the book. Number two, I would never have taken it,” Mr. Biden said on NBC News. “I was not ready in terms of my family.”

Mr. Biden was referring to former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s new book, in which she claims that after Mrs. Clinton had a fainting episode in September 2016, she contemplated replacing her with Mr. Biden if necessary. Mr. Biden declined a presidential run in 2016 after his son Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.

The former vice president said he still is not ready to run, despite rumors saying he’s considering it.

“I can tell you honestly, if the Lord Almighty came down, sat in the middle of the table and said Joe the nomination is yours, but you have to take it now, I would say no. Because I am just — we’re working through a whole lot. We’re getting there,” he said.


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