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Did Vice President Biden just reveal who he is backing in the 2016 election? AP
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the port of New Orleans to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Vice President Joe Biden has a reputation for being a straight shooter. Sharing his opinion about the contentious 2016 presidential election is no exception.

In an interview with Police.Mic, Biden said that he would like to see a woman voted into the White House. The answer, which centered on questions of Hillary Clinton’s electability, prompted the vice president’s staff to cut the interview off. However, Biden called for the interview to continue.

“This country’s ready for a woman. There’s no problem. We’re going to be able to elect a woman in this country,” Biden said in the interview, adding “I would like to see a woman elected.”

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After Biden’s staff intervened, the vice president told them he had “no problem” discussing the issue, but would not go down “that rabbit [hole]” of offering a formal endorsement.

“The president and I are not going to endorse because we both, when we ran said, ‘Let the party decide.’ But gosh almighty, they’re both qualified,” he said. “Hillary’s overwhelmingly qualified to be president.”

The question came as part of a conversation about what some would deem sexist rhetoric on the campaign trail. The reporter asked Biden about what she characterized as sexist rhetoric by GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The reporter pointed to Trump’s comments about FOX anchor Megyn Kelly, against Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi, as well as allegations of Donald Trump’s campaign manager grabbing a reporter at a campaign rally. The manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been charged with alleged battery in the case against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

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“I’ll tell you what it says about Donald Trump… it matters what people say. It matters what your leaders say. It matters. Words matter. And the public should hold him accountable,” Biden said.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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