Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate if he declares his presidential candidacy as late as within hours before the start of the debate, the debate’s media sponsor announced Monday. Bernie Sanders stayed at 35 percent when Biden was included in the lineup, “compared with 38 percent when [Biden’s] not in the mix”.
Perhaps most importantly, CNN gave the still-deciding Biden plenty of time to continue mulling over his decision.
Clinton, Sanders and the three other mainstream Democratic candidates – Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chaffee – have been invited to the debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, according to CNN.
Biden, who’s been very public with his angst about running, seems to be moving that direction.
Democrats should hope he says yes, no matter how hard his climb would be.
A Biden candidacy would also accelerate the campaign spending wars since Clinton would face much stiffer competition in key primary battleground states where Biden is likely to have strong appeal. Meawnhile, 50 top Democratic Party fundraisers, operatives and activists have put out a letter urging Biden to jump in. He has been steadily creeping up in the polls over the past month, with recent surveys putting him in a solid third place with about 20 percent support among Democrats nationally.
Rep. Bob Brady wants to see a promotion for one of his close friends in Washington – Vice President Joe Biden.
At first, Chafee did not qualify for the debate, as the DNC had set the poll deadline for polls held within six weeks before the debate, meaning the cutoff was in Early September.