Joe Biden: Racism not to blame for Clinton loss
Democrats are finally beginning to put the blame of the election loss on the one person it belongs: Hillary Clinton. In an interview on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden identified the reason Hillary Clinton’s campaign just couldn’t connect with voters – she had no “vision” about why she was actually running.
“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden said. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.”
Clinton’s decision to run did not reflect raw ambition or a desire to move back to the White House, he said, calling those characterizations of her unfair. Instead, he said, he saw her decision to run as ultimately stemming from a sense of duty and her belief that her victory “would have opened up a whole range of new vistas to women” in a similar way that Obama’s had for African Americans.
“She thought she had no choice but to run. That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her,” he said.
This had been a criticism of Clinton from the beginning of the campaign from supporters and detractors alike, as political observers on both sides have noted that Clinton seemed to have little persuasive message other than the historic nature of her candidacy.