When Vice President Biden gave Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign a slight boost this week, some allies to Hillary Clinton couldn’t help but feel a little bruised.
“It stung a little, sure,” one longtime ally acknowledged. “How could it not?”
In an interview with CNN earlier in the week, Biden said Clinton was “relatively new” to talk on income inequality.
He walked back the comment in an interview on NBC a day later, saying that the former secretary of State is simply engaged in foreign policy for the last five years.
Sources interviewed in Biden’s camp say that the vice president — known to speak his mind freely and without talking points — meant no ill will by the comments and isn’t choosing sides.
They add that Biden will campaign for Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee.
But the comments highlighted a lingering resentment mixed with some grief and regret that still exists in Biden World.
One source familiar with Biden’s thinking said he wasn’t entirely happy with the Clinton campaign’s tenor in the final throes of his own difficult decision-making process, which culminated in a White House announcement that he would not make a run to be president.
“Toward the end of the process, when he was really trying to make a decision, her team was crapping on him and dropping [opposition research],” the source recounted. “The more they did that, the more it ticked him off.”
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