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 ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE as the party's presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden tops declared 2020 Dems in New Hampshire poll O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate Sanders on Trump insult: Crazy that president 'is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud' 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 BookerCoast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon Jussie Smollett officially a suspect in alleged Chicago attack 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.”