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Biden Says He Would Have 'Never' Taken Clinton's Place

(NBC's "Today")

By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 04:47 PM

Joe Biden said Monday he would "never" have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, following reports ex-DNC chair Donna Brazile said she considered switching the party's candidate after Clinton suffered a fainting spell just two months before the election.

"I give you my word," Biden said on NBC's "Today." "I would never have taken it. I was for Hillary. I did 83 campaign events for Hillary. I think I can say I did more events and worked harder for Hillary, as hard for Hillary, as anyone else. She would have been a first-rate president."

Brazile in her book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House," wrote she considered using the power afforded her under the DNC's charter to replace a candidate should they become disabled. She said she received a call from Biden's chief of staff saying the vice president wanted to speak with her the morning after Clinton's spell, and she wrote she thought then, "Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?"

Biden said Brazile's book was the first time he or any of his staff heard of such a possibility. He also noted he was not ready to run for president, regardless, a decision he made long before last fall.

"I was not ready in terms of my family," Biden told NBC's Matt Lauer. "So, no, I would never have done that."

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Despite reports ex-DNC chair Donna Brazile considered switching the party's candidate after Clinton suffered a fainting spell just two months before the election, Joe Biden said Monday he would "never" have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as presidential nominee in 2016.
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