While the objective of the session was to ostensibly lobby Democrats for the deal in his official capacity, to many political observers it was a chance for Biden to put his name — and foreign policy chops — front and center ahead of the party’s meeting.
“Certainly he’s got something at stake here”, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said of Obama’s interest in the 2016 election.
If Biden does determine to run a marketing campaign, he should compete towards Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. And I think that’s what everybody is pretty interested in finding out is what decision the vice president is going to make.
“There is a fierce loyalty to Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa“, David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said in a statement. In light of Hillary Clinton’s recent e-mail troubles – and after the death of Beau Biden, who urged his father to run, earlier this year – some Democrats looking for an alternative to Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who was included in the poll but is not running for president, grabbed 23% of the vote then, while Sanders took 12%.
And Biden and his family – including his wife Jill and Beau’s widow and their children – are not yet sure if they are emotionally prepared for what is sure to be a grueling campaign.
Earnest would not be drawn on whether Obama would back Biden over Clinton, or vice versa, but he said the president could ultimately endorse a candidate.
“I think that should give you some sense of the president’s view of Vice President Biden’s aptitude for the top job”, Earnest said, offering praise – but not an endorsement – for the vice president.
The poll left out Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced whether he will seek the presidency but has ranked in other survey results.
On this trip, the governor met with Clinton campaign supporters to highlight her new plan to make college more affordable. “I can’t even imagine the grief and the heartbreak”, Clinton said. “When the trust numbers go this low, you’re exposed as a politician”, Republican presidential candidate Sen.