Biden: I Didn't Want to be Obama's VP, But Gave in with Mondale's Help

Stumping for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) in Minneapolis today, Joe Biden said that President Obama had to basically beg him to jump on the ticket as vice president.


“I said, honestly, I don’t want to be vice president,” Biden said. “I will do anything I can to help you, but I don’t want to be vice president.”

“Please, go home and talk to your family about it and get back to me as soon as you can,” he said Obama told him.

Biden, who has run twice for president including in 2008, called on “an old friend and someone I admire as much as anyone I have ever served with, Vice President Mondale,” who was also at the fundraiser.

“You have one purpose, that’s to serve the president, to serve the president,” Biden said Mondale told him.

According to the White House pool report, the vice president then turned his speech toward Minnesota’s other senator, Al Franken (D).

“Let me tell you, he is deadly serious,” Biden said of those who may have doubted Franken’s chops from his SNL career. “He has been one of the leading legal scholars.”

Biden said Obama and Klobuchar will both win in November because they’re about fairness while Republicans “are all about no rules and no accountability.”

“First time, the other team is not hiding the ball,” he said, drawing laughter. “They are saying exactly what they believe. As my mother would say, God bless them.”


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