Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is holding a virtual event Tuesday afternoon with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as reports allege the former secretary of state is prepping to endorse the 2020 Democrat.
The event, scheduled for 3 p.m., is only described as “a virtual town hall on the impact of COVID-19 on women,” but includes Clinton’s name in the headline.
The town hall announcement comes as the New York Times reports that the ex-presidential hopeful will announce her formal endorsement Tuesday afternoon.
Clinton playfully offered a hint about her appearance on Biden’s livestream, tweeting out a picture of the two Obama administration alumni with the former commander in chief.
The former first lady remains a polarizing figure in Democratic politics, with both a constituency of loyal female supporters and a wide array of critics of both her establishment ties and her inability to defeat Trump in 2016.
Clinton and Biden have a long relationship going back decades in Washington. Both ran in the 2008 presidential election, during which time Biden was resentful of the attention Clinton got, according to The Times. It was Biden, however, who was chosen to be the coveted running mate.
The Times reports that while the two became more friendly over their time together in the Obama administration, tensions developed when Biden considered challenging Clinton for the 2016 nomination.
“[Biden] really likes [Clinton] personally, but there’s been always an undercurrent of resentment,” a former top Obama adviser told Politico as the ex-VP was weighing his options.
“I think there’s always been an element of — and Biden is by no means the only one who has felt this — ‘Why does she feel entitled to [run] and I can’t?’”
After Clinton’s 2016 election defeat, Biden was not shy about his feelings on her performance as a candidate.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times one month after her loss, Biden said that Hillary didn’t speak to people who felt left behind. He said he realized that she may not win while watching then-candidate Trump hold a rally near his childhood home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
“Son of a gun. We may lose this election,” he told the paper of his initial thoughts when seeing the rally.
“They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them,” he said of the rally attendees he witnessed.
Biden also said he worried that “a bit of elitism” had “crept in” to Democratic party thinking.
A Biden spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.