According to the New York Times, Vice President Biden recently praised the ambition and vision of the Sanders campaign, contrasting it with the more incremental approach of Secretary Clinton. “I like the idea of saying ‘we can do much more’ because we can,” Biden told the Times. Democrats don’t win by saying “we can’t do it.”
Biden has praised the Sanders campaign before. Back in September 2015, when he was still considering whether to run for president himself, Biden noted that Sanders was “doing a helluva job.” At the time, CBS reported that Sanders was behind Clinton in the polls 58 percdent to 17 percent.
In January, Biden defended Sanders’ position on gun control after Secretary Clinton criticized it. Specifically, Biden noted that Sanders had a long record of opposition to income inequality, while Clinton was a “relative newcomer” to the issue.
In fairness, it must be noted that Biden has remained neutral throughout the campaign and has remarked on the historic nature of a Clinton nomination. He does appreciate the passion and idealism that Sanders supporters bring to the campaign, however.
Biden and his wife, Jill, voted early in the Delaware Democratic primary recently, but he would not disclose whether he voted for Clinton or Sanders. Could he possibly be open to supporting Sanders at the convention if the count of pledged delegates has not already determined the outcome?