Biden Says He Does Not Need Obama’s Endorsement to Keep Campaign Afloat in the Primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he does not need the endorsement of former President Barack Obama to win the Democratic nomination.

From the outset of the primary season, Obama reportedly planned on withholding his endorsement until after the nominee is chosen. Obama also did not endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until after she won the nomination in 2016.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” on Sunday, Biden was asked if his campaign was suffering because Obama had not endorsed him.

Biden said he needs to “earn” the nomination without help from Obama. He added that he believes an Obama endorsement would make it look like he felt “entitled” to the nomination.

“It isn’t hurting me, and I don’t think it’s time. He and I have talked about this from the very beginning. I have to earn this on my own.”

“The first thing everybody said when I announced, the opposition — the Democratic opposition — said was, ‘Well, Biden feels entitled because he’s vice president,” Biden said.

“Imagine had the president endorsed me, it would have been, ‘Well, Biden’s entitled… he thinks he’s entitled because the president endorsed him,” he added. 

Watch the interview below:

Additionally, Biden said he is “close friends” with Obama and is confident the former president will campaign for him “full bore” if he wins the nomination.

Obama reportedly called Biden to congratulate him after he scored a big win in the South Carolina primary. However, sources close to the former president said he still plans to withhold his endorsement throughout the primary.

report in The New York Times said that Obama reportedly told Biden last year, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” in an effort to dissuade him from running in 2020.

Biden has previously said he does not need Obama’s endorsement to help him win the nomination, arguing, “Everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”

Instead, Biden said he asked Obama not to endorse him during the primary.


  1. “Have to earn it on his own”. What a crock of bovine excrement! WHY then was there a phone call between Marxist Barry, Biden and Mayor Buttface encouraging Pete to get out of the race and endorse Biden (which he now says he will do)? WHY was an identical phone call made to Klobuchar encouraging her to exit the race and endorse Biden (which she says she will do in his Texas rally on 3/2/2020? This is all corrupt D’rat politics to force Commie Bernie (“Vladimir”) OUT because his Communist agenda does not sit well nor follow the D’rat occupied Potty line. Additionally, it’s already being predicted that IF quid pro quo Joe is elected (next to an impossibility), he will only be a figurehead; that Marxist Barry or Socialist Hillary or some other corrupt D’rat will be pulling the strings of the puppet Biden.

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