Hillary Clinton endorsed Joe Biden’s campaign for president on Tuesday, appearing alongside the presumptive Democratic nominee on a livestreamed event.
‘I am thrilled to be part of your campaign, not only to endorse you, but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election,’ Clinton told the former vice president, who introduced her as ‘the woman who should be president of the United States.’
Clinton’s stamp of approval comes amid mounting pressure for Biden to personally address accusations made by a former staffer, Tara Reade, that he sexually assaulted her on Capitol Hill when he was serving as a U.S. senator.
On the livestream, Clinton asked the audience to ‘think of what it would mean’ if the U.S. had a president ‘who not only listened to the science, put facts over fiction, but brought us together, showed the kind of compassion and caring that we need from our president and that Joe Biden has been exemplifying throughout his entire life.’
‘Think of what it would mean if we had a real president, not just somebody who plays one on TV,’ she said knocking President Trump, a former reality TV star.
Clinton talked about her family ties with Biden, their long work history together and the friendship that had developed over 25 years.
A little hint about who the surprise guest will be for @JoeBiden‘s 3pm ET town hall today:
(She’s excited.) pic.twitter.com/iGHo6a6G1s
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 28, 2020
‘We share a common experience and a love of Scranton, Pennsylvania,’ Clinton remarked, explaining that her great-grandparents had settled in the swing state town upon leaving England and Wales. ‘And while the Rodhams were living on Diamond Avenue, the Bidens were living on North Washinton Street.’
Biden responded by saying, ‘When we die, Scranton will be written on our hearts.’
She talked about how the two would have a ‘standing date for breakfast’ when he was serving as President Obama’s vice president and she was secretary of state.
‘And we talked about his love of trains and his love of ice cream, which knows no bound as far as I can tell,’ Clinton remarked.
‘I’ve been a friend and I can tell you that I wish he was president right now, but I can’t wait until he is,’ she added.
Biden expressed that he wished it was the other way around.
‘I wish this were us doing this and my supporting your re-election for president of the United States,’ Biden said. ‘You won the majority of the vote, I think the way in which some of the state acted was … ,’ he continued, trailing off before switching gears.
Biden pointed out the U.S. would still be dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, but with a more prepared president.
‘Well, I’ll tell you one thing I would have done Joe, which you know so well, I would have read my daily intelligence briefings,’ Clinton said, starting to laugh. ‘That were sounding the alarm since January.’
‘But apparently this president doesn’t do what we used to do,’ Clinton added.
Biden mused that either Trump didn’t read the briefings – the more charitable option, the former veep said – or the current president ignored them.
‘I’m going to keep calling and asking your advice,’ Biden then told Clinton.