Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate'


Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate'
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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images)

Because 2016 is the campaign that just won't die, Joe Biden decided Thursday was the night to share his feelings about Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

"I never thought she was a great candidate," the former vice president told the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to reports.

To add salt to the wound, he continued, "I thought I was a great candidate."

It's a stance that he has consistently given in recent interviews. He has been critical of the Clinton campaign and noted that he believes he could have won the election.

(It's worth noting that Biden has not exclusively ruled out a 2020 bid, saying on Thursday, "Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not.")

Even then, Biden — who never made an official 2016 bid, since he was dealing with the death of his son, Beau — conceded that Clinton "would have been a good president."

Biden and Clinton's history goes back to the 1990s, when Biden was in the Senate and Clinton was first lady. Their alliance generally continued when they were both senators, though that didn't keep them from having differences of opinion. When they were both running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden said her Iraq proposals would lead to "disaster."

The two regularly discussed policy over breakfast when he was vice president and she was secretary of State.

"There's no woman like Hillary Clinton," Biden said in 2013.

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Scott Applewhite, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Biden wipes his eyes as Obama presents him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Jan. 12, 2017.  Pool, Getty Images Fullscreen The president and vice president embrace after Obama delivered his farewell speech to the nation on Jan. 10, 2017, in Chicago.  Scott Olson Fullscreen Biden signs the drawer of the vice president's desk in the vice president's ceremonial office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 6, 2017.  Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Fullscreen Biden watches President Obama, sitting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, as they listen to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford talk about Obama during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review on Jan. 4, 2017, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.  Susan Walsh, AP Fullscreen The family of Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., takes a selfie with Biden during a ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 3, 2017, in the Old Senate Chamber.  Kevin Wolf, AP Fullscreen Scarlett Willa Wyden, the daughter of Sen. 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General Assembly at The Met in New York on Sept. 20, 2016.  Stephane De Sakutin, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Hillary Clinton greets Biden on the tarmac at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pa., on Aug. 15, 2016, before traveling together to a campaign event in Scranton, Pa.  Carolyn Kaster, AP Fullscreen Vice President Biden speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016.  Kyle Grantham, The News Journal Fullscreen Biden checks out the stage at Wells Fargo Arena before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 26, 2016.  Paul Sancya, AP Fullscreen President Obama and Biden arrive at Orlando International Airport on June 16, 2016, to meet with the families of victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.  Craig Rubadoux, Florida Today Fullscreen Biden talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin before President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address on Jan. 12, 2016.  Evan Vucci, AP Fullscreen Biden speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on Oct. 21, 2015, to announce he is not running for president.  Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Biden jokes with Obama during an event to mark the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 15, 2015.  Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Biden and Speaker John Boehner listen as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, 2014.  Vincenzo Pinto, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen In this image released by CBS, host Stephen Colbert shakes hands with Biden during a taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Sept. 10, 2015 in New York.  John Paul Filo, AP Fullscreen Biden walks in the annual Allegheny County Labor Day Parade on Sept. 7, 2015, in Pittsburgh.  Jeff Swensen, Getty Images Fullscreen Biden attends the Sussex County Democratic Party's annual Jamboree at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware on Aug. 29, 2015.  Jason Minto, The News Journal Fullscreen Biden talks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power in the Oval Office on Aug. 4, 2015.  Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Biden speaks at Generation Progress' 10th Annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington on July 16, 2015.  Molly Riley, AP Fullscreen Biden walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after attending a House Democratic Caucus meeting in the Capitol on July 15, 2015. He briefed Democrats on the Iran nuclear deal and participated in a lengthy question-and-answer session.  Shawn Thew, European Pressphoto Agency Fullscreen Obama hugs Biden after delivering the eulogy in honor of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Fullscreen Biden embraces his grandson Hunter before funeral services his son Beau Biden on June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. The eldest son of the vice president, died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46.  Patrick Semansky, AP Fullscreen A U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen 1st Class celebrates after receiving his diploma from Biden during graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. 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Jeff Merkley in Portland.  Don Ryan, AP Fullscreen Biden waves on April 21, 2014, after landing at the airport in Boryspil, Ukraine.  Yuriy Maskimov, European Pressphoto Agency Fullscreen Biden and his wife, Jill, dance at the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 21, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center.  Carolyn Kaster, AP Fullscreen Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gesture after the Oct. 11, 2012, vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky.  Pool photo by Michael Reynolds Fullscreen Biden visits with patrons during lunch at Cruisers Diner on Sept. 9, 2012, in Seaman, Ohio.  Carolyn Kaster, AP Fullscreen Biden delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.  H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Fullscreen The vice president serves up a cone at Kopp's Frozen Custard on June 25, 2010, in Milwaukee. Biden was in Milwaukee for a fund raiser for Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.  Morry Gash, AP Fullscreen Biden greets spectators at the men's ski jumping competition on Feb. 13, 2010, at Whistler Olympic Park in Whistler, B.C.  Christopher Gannon, USA TODAY Fullscreen Biden and his wife, Jill, dance on Jan. 20, 2009, at the Commander in Chief's Ball on inauguration night in Washington.  Gerald Herbert, AP Fullscreen Biden and Sarah Palin participate in an Oct. 2, 2008, vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  Pool photo by Rick Wilking Fullscreen Biden and his son, Beau, at the…
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