Did Joe Biden Vote For Bernie Sanders?

| by Robert Fowler
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Vice President Joe Biden cast his vote in the Democratic primary race, submitting an early ballot in his home state of Delaware. He declined to say which candidate he voted for.

On April 22, the vice president was at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, Politico reports.

In the morning, both cast their votes early, ahead of the state's April 26 primary. Biden was mysterious about which of the Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, he had thrown his support behind.

“I voted,” Biden told reporters, according to the Daily Mail. When pressed about his choice, the vice president simply repeated “I voted.”

Several months earlier, the vice president may have been planning to be casting a vote for himself.

There had been speculation over whether or not Biden would enter the 2016 presidential race, but he ultimately bowed out in October 2015, citing that his family was not prepared for such a commitment.

Since then, Biden has been complimentary of both Clinton and Sanders, sometimes hinting that he identifies strongly with the Vermont senator’s vision for the country.

“I like the idea of saying, ‘We can do much more,’ because we can,” Biden told The New York Times. “I don’t think any Democrat’s every won saying, ‘We can’t think that big -- we ought to really downsize her because it’s not realistic.’”

The vice president’s comments seemed to be a knock against Clinton, who has criticized Sanders for what she said were pie-in-the-sky proposals and rhetoric.

“C’mon man, this is the Democratic Party!” Biden continued. “I’m not part of the party that says, ‘Well, we can’t do it.’”

The vice president has also indicated that he views Clinton’s potential move back to the White House to be a historic and aspirational moment in history.

“This country’s ready for a woman,” Biden told Policy Mic. “There’s no problem. We’re going to be able to elect a woman in this country ... I would like to see a woman elected.”

Biden added that while he would not make any formal endorsements, “But gosh almighty, they’re both qualified. Hillary’s overwhelmingly qualified to be president.”

Having tipped his hat to both candidates, Biden’s vote could remain a mystery.

Sources: Daily MailThe New York Times, Policy MicPolitico / Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Flickr

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