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MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell discusses why former Vice President Joe Biden kept his spot on the ticket in the 2016 Democratic presidential race.
President Joe Biden’s VP campaign was rocked in March by a scandal involving a lobbyist and the Democratic National Committee’s response to it.
But it’s not clear whether Biden would have won a third term if the investigation hadn’t hit the campaign’s fundraising and political operations.
In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Monday, former President Joe Obama said the former VP campaign had to work harder to build its fundraising and voter base to compete in the general election.
“I mean, it was hard,” Obama said.
“And that’s not a criticism of the people who were on the ground.
They were doing a terrific job.
They’re not perfect.
But they’ve got to do better.”
Biden and former President Barack Obama discuss the resignation of former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at the White House in Washington, DC, February 11, 2019.
Obama said he was concerned about the state of the campaign.
“I think there was a little bit of pressure on the campaign to raise money.
They had a lot of donors.
They could have raised money if they had raised money,” Obama explained.
“But they didn’t.
So they didn’ do that.”
Obama said he thought it was important to make a “tougher pitch” to voters.
“It is a difficult job.
It’s a really tough job,” Obama added.
“It’s a job where you have to communicate very clearly and with emotion.
And I think that’s what people can do.
They can talk about your accomplishments.
But I don’ think you can just talk about a lot.”
Obama also said that while he believes that Biden was a great VP candidate, it didn’t change the fact that he lost the race.
“He didn’t make it easy on himself.
He was the first one to walk away from it.
And you know, people will say, ‘Well, that’s why he lost.
You just can’t say that about anybody,” Obama concluded.
Watch the full interview with The Last WORD with Lawrence Osbourne below: