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Biden: I wouldn't have agreed to replace Clinton in 2016

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE said he would never have agreed to replace former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE during the 2016 race.

During an interview on NBC's "Today," Biden was asked about former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile's comments that she considered replacing Clinton with Biden as the party's presidential nominee.

"Did anyone ever discuss that possibility with you? Would you have taken the nomination under those circumstances?" Biden was asked during the interview.

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Biden said the first time he heard about that possibility was in Brazile's book.

"I would never have taken it," Biden said. "I was for Hillary. I did 83 campaign events for Hillary. I think I can say I did more events and worked harder for Hillary, as hard for Hillary, as anyone else."

Biden said Clinton would have been a "first-rate president."

He said at that point, he had already made the judgment that he was "not prepared" to run for president.

"I was not ready, in terms of my family, so no, I would never have done that," he said.

In her book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE in the White House,” Brazile described concerns over Clinton's health during the campaign.

She wrote she considered removing Clinton and replacing her with Biden.

She ultimately decided against the shake-up, saying she felt she couldn't 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 an interview earlier this month, Brazile said she didn't tell Biden he was her pick to replace Clinton if the party needed a "plan B."