Biden Praises Sanders on Income Inequality, Says Clinton 'New' to the Fight

So what's really going on? Days after Vice President Joe Biden gave an interview in which he stated that he "regrets" not running for president each and every day of his life, the second-in-command is now praising Hillary Clinton's socialist rival Bernie Sanders. What's more, he's also delivered a rather underhanded insult to the former Secretary of State.

During an interview with CNN on Monday, Biden heaped praise on Sen. Sanders and said he is doing a "heck of a job" on the campaign trail. 

The vice president then offered more praise by saying Sanders offers a genuine voice on income inequality in America. Biden then slighted Clinton by saying she is "new" to the fight.  From CNN:

And while Biden said Democrats had a slate of "great candidates" running for president, he suggested Clinton was a newcomer to issues like the growing gap between rich and poor.

"Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. And he has credibility on it," Biden said during an interview with CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

"It's relatively new for Hillary to talk about that," Biden continued, acknowledging that Clinton has "come forward with some really thoughtful approaches to deal with the issue" of income inequality.

"Hillary's focus has been other things up to now, and that's been Bernie's -- no one questions Bernie's authenticity on those issues," he said.

Clinton and Sanders are locked in tight races in both Iowa and New Hampshire, which hold the nation's first nominating contests in less than a month's time. That's a distant cry from the start of the race, which saw Clinton an overwhelming favorite among Democrats.

According to CNN, Biden expressed some level of surprise that Sanders has been enjoying so much support from Democrats, indicating that Sanders' openly socialist bent does not matter to Democrat voters. Clearly. 

"If Bernie Sanders never said he was a democratic socialist, based on what he's saying people wouldn't be calling him a democratic socialist," he said, claiming Clinton entered the race with an "awful high bar for her to meet."

"I never thought she was a prohibitive favorite," he said. "I don't think she ever thought she was a prohibitive favorite. So I think it's, you know, everything's sort of coming down to Earth."


Before going to express yet again his personal regret for not being on the campaign trail himself, Biden noted that for Sanders, even if "Hillary loses votes -- I've thought this through -- it's a long way to go in the nomination.

"I wish sometimes that I was able to be out there making the case why there's such reason for optimism for this country," Biden then added. 

Day after day it becomes clearer than ever that the White House isn't too keen on a Hillary for President.