Biden could 'live with' Clinton or Sanders, but criticizes both
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“I can live with either one of them,” Biden said in a joint interview with The Washington Post and Politico published Friday. “I can support either one of them, I just have a different sense of how we should be talking about the issues that face us, to enhance the possibility that we keep the White House.”

Despite Biden’s lukewarm comments about the Democratic field, he insisted he has no regrets about choosing not to run for president.

But he criticized both Clinton and Sanders, saying they have downplayed the economic recovery under President Obama.

“It’s a big mistake,” the vice president said. “Everybody’s making it.”

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“Take a look at all the campaigns in the last cycle,” he said. “The only Democrats who won close races were the ones that stuck with the administration, talked about the record.”

The vice president suggested both campaign teams must have decided "there’s no way to sell a positive message. I don’t know."

At the same time, Biden praised Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, for his focus on income inequality and the influence of money in politics. 

“Look, what Bernie is talking about now is mainstream,” he said. “The mainstream is saying wait a minute, the concentration of wealth is a disaster, and it’s unfair.” 

But he said the differences between Sanders and Clinton, who has run more as a steward of Obama’s legacy, are smaller than what meets the eye.  

“I think both Hillary and Bernie are basically on the same page, with different emphasis, on college, Wall Street, the 1 percent, civil rights, etcetera,” Biden said. “What I don’t think they’re spending enough time doing is pushing back on the story line that what we did to get us to this point was a failure and a mistake.”