Report: Joe Biden says he would've won against Hillary Clinton in new memoir

Prince Harry attends Wheel Chair Basket Ball at the Mattamy stadium as part of the Invictus games Featuring: Joe Biden Where: Toronto, Canada When: 30 Sep 2017 Credit: Euan Cherry/

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed in a new memoir that he believed he could defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries but knew that Clinton's campaign would "stop at nothing."

"My numbers on trustworthiness, honesty and empathy were as high as they had ever been. And I was strongest where the most formidable candidate, Hillary Clinton was weakest: the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida," Biden said.

Biden says his family was also convinced he could win but President Obama wasn't as confident.

Biden writes, "in January 2015, the President was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election."

"Barack and I knew coverage in the West Wing would shift from his agenda to my chances. I also believe he had concluded that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to be the nominee," he said.

In February 2015, Biden says he had an awkward confrontation with Clinton during a meeting at his Naval Observatory residence.

"She started off telling me what a good vice president I had been, how much I had done for the country in my career...then she pretty much asked me straight up if I was going to jump in."

Biden said he wasn't sure what he was going to do at the time but that if he ran, it wouldn't be a negative campaign. Clinton agreed with Biden but then added, "some of our supporters can get out of hand sometimes, it would not be me."

The former Vice President's memoir, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose," is expected to be released on Nov. 14.

For more on Biden's thoughts on the election, visit

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