President Obama’s endorsement of a Joe Biden White House run will be conditional on having a “final say” over his choice for vice president, according to Ed Klein, author of the Hillary Rodham Clinton biography “Unlikeable.”
“Barack Obama would like to see Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts and an African-American, run on the Biden ticket,” Klein told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 radio Sunday.
Klein said that the first family is “behind” the Draft Joe Biden movement and that they’ve given him “permission” to use Air Force Two to fly across the country promoting his possible presidential run to African-American groups, gays and unions.
Klein, the former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor of The New York Times Magazine, has been one of the Clintons’ toughest critics. But he has accused the Obama administration — and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, specifically — of throwing gasoline on the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s computer servers and searching her expense recordings for discrepancies.
“None of this would have taken place without the president’s approval,” Klein said. “Obama — if he gave Biden his endorsement — would ask for something in return . . . and what he’s asked for is a say, a final say, in Biden’s choice.”