Ex-Vice President Joe Biden just announced he would be in favor of nominating former President Barack Obama for the United States Supreme Court. The current Democratic presidential front runner served two terms under Obama from 2009-2017.
This revelation was recently made while Biden fielded questions from supporters at a stop on his presidential campaign in Washington, Iowa, on Saturday as part of his “No Malarkey” bus tour.
Biden has been criticized sharply this year by political rivals as he could not secure a crucial endorsement of his campaign from Obama. Back in April, when Biden announced he would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama issued a statement through spokeswoman Katie Hill.
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“President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made. He relied on the Vice President’s knowledge, insight, and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today,” the release read.
Biden said he had personally asked Obama not to issue an endorsement. “I asked President Obama not to endorse, and he doesn’t want to. Listen, we should — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits,” he claimed.
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An endorsement by President Obama might be seen as the Trump card in 2020’s general election. Any of the Democrats now running would certainly be thrilled to have his backing.
Trump argued that Biden made the assertion because “he’s embarrassed by the fact that Obama’s not endorsing him, so he goes out and says, ‘I asked President Obama not to endorse me.’ … So it could be that President Obama knows something, but there is something going on in that brain of his.”
Biden’s arch rival, Republican President Donald Trump seized on the opportunity to hammer him. Trump saying, “How he doesn’t get President Obama to endorse him — there has to be some reason why he’s not endorsing him.”
Further adding, “He was the vice president. They seem to have gotten along. And how President Obama’s not endorsing him is rather a big secret.” He continued, “Then he goes and lies and said, ‘I asked the president not to endorse me.’ Give me a break.”
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Only one president in U.S. history has ever served on the Supreme Court: William Howard Taft. Taft held office as president from 1909 to 1913, became chief justice in 1921. He served in the latter role until 1930.
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