Brazile says she considered swapping Clinton for Biden as 2016 nominee

Brazile says she considered swapping Clinton for Biden as 2016 nominee
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Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), says she contemplated removing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE as the party's presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenOvernight Tech: FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices | Biden scolds social media firms over transparency Medicaid funds shouldn't be used to subsidize state taxes on health care Biden hits social media firms over lack of transparency MORE.

In a section of her upcoming memoir, reported Saturday by The Washington Post, Brazile recalled how she considered using her power as the DNC's interim chairwoman to install candidates more likely to energize working-class voters. 

The presidential candidate she settled on, according to the Post, was Biden, with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report Corker: McFarland's nomination 'frozen' over contradictions in her testimony MORE (D-N.J.) as his running mate.

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But she ultimately decided against such a shake-up, saying that she felt that she could not upend the campaign of the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party. 

“I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her," she wrote. "I could not do this to them.”

In the memoir, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE in the White House,” which is due for release Nov. 7, Brazile casts Clinton's campaign as an often-spiritless operation which failed to elicit the kind of enthusiasm needed to propel the former secretary of State to victory.

Campaign aides for Clinton regularly disrespected Brazile, the longtime Democratic strategist recalls, and the campaign declined to provide the DNC with the funding it needed to push voter-turnout efforts.

Brazile casts Clinton as generally well-meaning. But she says her campaign lacked enthusiasm for the candidate, and made a number of missteps that ultimately sank Clinton's presidential bid. At one point, the Post reports, Brazile compared Clinton's Brooklyn campaign headquarters as being like a hospital in which “someone had died.”