Of course, Biden’s people are accelerating the possibilities:
“The No. 1 thing voters want is a candidate who is honest and trustworthy, and the veep is leading in those polls,” said William Pierce, executive director of Draft Biden, a “super PAC” that is trying to build enthusiasm for his possible candidacy. Talking about calling the kettle black…
Mr. Biden has not openly fueled the speculation about his candidacy. As of Saturday he had no trips planned to Iowa or New Hampshire in the coming weeks. Kendra Barkoff, a spokeswoman for Mr. Biden, said, “As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the vice president is focused on his family and immersed in his work.”
Read the polling data here.
Three’s a charm! The 2016 campaign would be the third time Joe Biden has sought the presidency, which friends describe as his ultimate dream. And for everyone else he is the ultimate nightmare or a really bad joke.
Mr. Biden’s initial run in 1988 ended in disaster when news reports came about that he plagiarized parts of a speech. He also exaggerated his academic record. That forced him to drop out. In 2008, Mr. Biden was hardly a blip on the screen with less than 1% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Then he made some controversial remarks about Barack Obama. Mr. Biden stated that Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
Aside from Clinton, there is no one with real name recognition nationally except Biden. And his recognition is not really complimentary.
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