Joe Biden 'Jokes' About Faking 'Some Disease' and Stepping Aside for Kamala Harris
Democrat nominee tells CNN: 'I’ll develop some disease and say I have to resign'
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has "joked" that he would fake "some disease" and step aside for Kamala Harris if he disagreed with his running mate on policies.
Speaking with anchor Jake Tapper during a joint interview with Harris on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Biden said there hasn't been “any surprise” working with the California senator since they’ve previously spoken about it.
“I understand how campaigns can sometimes get a little out of wack a little bit,” Biden told Tapper.
The former vice president added that he doesn’t “hold grudges.”
“So I don’t have — when we disagree, it will be just like — so far it’s been just like Barack and I did,” Biden said.
"It’s in private. She’ll say I think we should do A, B, C, or D. And I’ll say I like A, don’t like B and C. And let’s go okay."
“And like I told Barack, if I read something where there’s a fundamental disagreement we have based on a moral principle, I’ll develop some disease and say I have to resign,” Biden told Tapper.
Nobody was laughing when Biden made the remark, including Harris, who didn't appear surprised by the idea.
In August, shortly after Biden's announcement that Harris would be his official pick for vice president, CNN predicted that he could be soon taking a back seat.
As Neon Nettle reported at the time, CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza wrote that Biden could “step aside” for Harris, all but conceding that Biden will not complete his term if he wins the presidential election.
Cillizza said that Biden's choice in selecting Harris shows he is confident he will beat President Donald Trump in November.
But Cillizza also noted that Biden might not be able to do the job.
"At 55 years old, [Harris] represents a younger generation of leader — something that Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, said was a major factor in his choice," he wrote.
"What that all means is that Biden wants the race to be about him as little as possible," Cillizza continues.
"What Biden did is make the pick that maximized his chances of continuing to make the race a straight referendum on Trump while also selecting someone, in Harris, whose resume suggests will be ready to step in if and when Biden decides to step aside."
During the Democratic 2020 Debate last June, Harris criticized Biden about his busing policy positions and what he has previously said about segregationists.
Biden said he and Harris “are simpatico” regarding their philosophy on governing.
The ex-VP said he and Harris have talked extensively about their views on multiple policy areas including foreign policy, domestic policy, intelligence.