Donna Brazile has admitted that she considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden as Democratic nominee for President in 2016.
Brazile says in a new book that she considered the move after Clinton passed out on September 11th, 2016 in New York City.
In a stunning admission of the atmosphere inside the campaign, she also writes that the effort behind Hillary was “anemic” and stunk with the “odor of failure.”
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After considering a dozen combinations to replace Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia, Brazile writes that she settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey as those with the best chance of defeating Donald Trump.
Ultimately, the former DNC head says, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
It was unclear whether Biden was willing to step into the race or even whether he discussed the idea with Brazile. She writes that on Sept. 12, 2016, the day after Clinton collapsed, she got a call from Biden’s chief of staff saying the vice president wanted to speak with her and her thought at the time was “Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?”
The Post report gave no further details and it was unclear whether the book elaborates on this.
As for Brazile’s powers to determine the party’s candidate, she writes that as party chair she would oversee the process of replacing a nominee who became disabled.
Can you imagine a race for President featuring Donald Trump vs. Laughin’ Joe?