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Bernie Bits: Sanders Meets with Biden at VP's Residence


A week after Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not join the Democratic presidential primary, the VP opened his home to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

According to Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs, the two met for an hour Thursday at Biden's official residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Briggs said in a statement released by Sanders' presidential campaign that the two discussed their shared support for campaign finance reform and expanded public education, among other topics.

“Under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, this country has come a long way economically since President Bush left office and we were losing 800,000 jobs every month and the world economy was on the brink of financial collapse,” Sanders said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of economy that works for all Americans and not just the top 1 percent."

Sanders added that he looked forward to working with Obama and Biden "to tackle some [of] the major issues facing our country."

According to ABC News, the two decided to meet during a phone discussion last Wednesday, the day Biden said he wouldn't join the race. Sanders did not ask for Biden's endorsement Thursday, Briggs told ABC.

“The vice president is happy to meet with any candidate who wants to meet with him," Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfeld told the Wall Street Journal.

Biden has not said whether he would endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary, but he made clear during his Rose Garden address last week that he hopes to influence the 2016 presidential race.

"While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent," he said.