Keeping his options open for a 2020 run for the presidency, Joe Biden took some shots at Hillary Clinton for how she handled certain aspects of her own run in 2016.
Biden critiqued the former Democrat candidate during an appearance on the ‘Today’ show, saying she should have pivoted to telling people what she could do for the middle class, rather than delving into tabloid conversations about locker room talk.
“No one can tell me what her position was on the things that affect middle class,” he said.
Hell, we’re a year removed from the campaign and detailed explanations of ‘What Happened’ and we still don’t know what her platform was for the middle class.
This isn’t the first time Biden has hammered Hillary for ignoring working class people.
Biden says: Not only did Hillary ignore the shrinking middle class, but also she ignored the upper class except for their campaign money pic.twitter.com/64y1n378iK
— Joe FreedomLover🇺🇸 (@JoeFreedomLove) April 1, 2017
“What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Biden said during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania in March.
“You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant.”
In her election auto-biography, Clinton responded to Biden’s criticisms saying, “I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.”
Bitter Hillary Clinton lashes-out at Biden for saying Dems didn’t address middle class during campaign https://t.co/bANtqcRdVb
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) September 6, 2017
In his ‘Today’ show interview, Biden continued criticizing the Democrat campaign, specifically pointing out that Clinton could have pivoted away from salacious media stories to an actual platform on what a Hillary presidency might look like.
He offered some advice as to what she could have done during the second Presidential debate, when the infamous Trump Access Hollywood tape became public.
“Well, you know my argument was you shoulda said everybody knows Donald Trump. Let me tell you about how I’m going to change your life,” Biden said. “But the nature of the coverage was so intense about everything from his dalliances as well as the alleged impropriety of her emails that it never got to the issues.”
Instead, Hillary went into a lengthy condemnation of Trump and the comments made on the tape. She said Trump was “not fit to be president and commander in chief.”
Biden says he has yet to make up his mind about a run in 2020, though he didn’t squash the idea completely. There’s little doubt he’d be a much tougher opponent for Trump than Hillary was.
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