Obama Reportedly Cautioned Biden on 2020 Run: ‘You Don’t Have to Do This, Joe’

Joe Biden ignored Obama's concerns about him running, saying he could 'never forgive himself' if he turned down a second shot at challenging Trump in 2020

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Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned his former vice president, Joe Biden, ahead of Biden’s jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

According to The New York Times report, Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Earlier in 2019, Obama told Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” as the former vice president mulled a presidential bid.

Biden, however, wasn’t backing down as he told Obama that he “could never forgive himself if he turned down a second shot at Mr. Trump,” the Times reports.

Obama has extended counsel to the 2020 Democratic candidates. The former president reportedly told Biden’s top campaign advisors whether Biden win’s or loses, “they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not ’embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign,” the Times reports.

Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden and doesn’t plan to endorse any of the Democratic candidates in the primary.