Biden says his presidency would not be 'a third term of Obama'

Biden says his presidency would not be 'a third term of Obama'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE said Tuesday that his White House bid would not be “a third term of Obama.”

"I want to earn this on my own. This is not a third term of Obama,” he told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski during an interview on “Morning Joe.”

"A lot of people want to know about your relationship with President Obama. Are you in contact?" Brzezinski asked. "You worked with him for eight years. You're buds. Why no endorsement?"

Biden again said he never asked Obama to endorse his run for the White House, something he made clear when he entered the presidential race. In the MSNBC interview, he said that he didn't "want to put him in that spot."


“The world has changed. It's different. We have the same value set, he and I. And, you know, I don't think we gave him enough credit. He's a guy that our kids could look up to and they did look up to.”

He added: ”But it's a different world. The same things don't apply. But I do keep in contact with him. I see him. Our daughters — my granddaughter and his daughters are best friends."

During the interview, Brzezinski asked Biden if he was ready to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE in the general election following a rocky performance in the first Democratic primary debate last month.

“I know it will be an ugly campaign … but I’m not backing down at all from him,” Biden said. “I’m not gonna get down in the dirt with him. That’s the only place he knows how to fight.”

He added, "I’m just going to continue to talk about what he’s doing, why it’s so damaging to America and, as my mother would say, I’m not going to take any guff from him.”