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 ClintonThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report MORE as the party's presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions Resurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' 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 BookerCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions 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 TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference 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.”