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Biden Will Not Run for President

Vice President Biden Wednesday announced that he will not run for president, saying he had been going through a grieving process for his deceased son and has now run out of time to join the fray.

“I believe we’re out of time – the time necessary to mount a campaign for the nomination,” Biden said during an appearance in the Rose Garden.

Video || Joe Biden’s Malarky

Thought you might enjoy this video from the staff at PoliZette.

Will Biden get in this week? Who knows. He may want to wait for the brouhaha over the House Speaker situation to flame out and then announce next week. But all signs, as you probably know, are that he is running.

And then we’ll have to deal with his . . . malarky.


Biden Looking Like a Candidate

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Vice President Joe Biden has basically decided to run for president, though it is still possible he could change his mind if he decides his grief over his son’s death is haunting him to too great a degree.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Vice President Joe Biden’s aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race, and their discussions have shifted toward the timing of an announcement, said people familiar with the matter.

While the Biden team is still debating the best time to jump in, the vice president met Monday with his political advisers and talked about the merits of an early entry that would assure him a place in the Democratic debate scheduled for Oct. 13. They also are honing his campaign message and moving ahead with plans to raise money and hire staff, the people said.

The vice president could still back out if he finds the emotional toll from the death of his elder son, Beau Biden, too much to overcome. But the shift in the deliberations to the timing of an announcement is a fresh sign that he is moving closer to a bid.

“It’s my sense that this is happening, unless they change their minds,” said one person who spoke to Biden aides last weekend.

Someone also reportedly overheard a Biden fundraiser on an Amtrak train saying the vice president was “100 percent” running.

My advice: get in as late as possible and cruise through the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries on a wave of Bidenmania before people remember that you’re Joe Biden.

Video || Biden Not Sure He’s Ready

Here is video from Vice President Biden’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show in which he says he is not sure, following the death of his son Beau, if he is emotionally ready to run for president.

Signs Begin to Point to Biden Getting in

It’s looking increasingly like Vice President Biden is going to jump into the race.

Nothing’s for sure, of course. He is genuinely still grieving over the death of his son Beau. But I think it’s better than 50-50 now that he gets in. And that’s how Beau would have wanted it.

Biden is doing an event in South Florida today, where the campaign money is; he will be appearing at a Labor Day event Monday with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and he will appear on Steve Colbert’s new Late Show next week. These are things presidential candidates do, not grieving old men.

Meantime, according to a new Reuters poll, more than 38 percent say they would want Biden to be the Democratic standard bearer if it looked like Hillary Clinton would lose to a Republican. Thirty percent said they would prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Here’s a pretty good montage from PoliZette of Biden gaffes, to celebrate the possibly Biden entry.

Biden Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch

Vice President Joe Biden is having lunch with President Obama on Monday as a decision on whether he will run for the presidency in 2016 appears near (if it hasn’t already been made). No doubt Biden’s intentions are on the menu.

The lunch occurs with both men just back from their summer vacations. After a stay in the golf haven Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Biden has been in Wilmington, Delaware, for the past several days apparently mulling his options. Obama returned Sunday from his annual two-week Martha’s Vineyard sojourn.

Biden “is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date,” the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Chuck Todd, the well-connected moderator of “Meet the Press,” said Biden “wants to run” for president and is “looking for a way in.”

Biden’s session with Obama follows a powwow he held Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for which he made a rare weekend trip to Washington, D.C. Biden usually spends his weekends at home in Wilmington. The meeting was not on Biden’s publicly announced schedule, which had him in Delaware.

While details coming out of the Warren-Biden summit are few, the discussion between the two most highly touted potential entrants into the Democratic field almost certainly was about who might get in and when.

A Biden announcement with Warren at his side would create an immense stir, signaling to the liberal, activist wing of the party that Biden had the imprimatur of de facto leader. Warren’s support would help Biden seize the mantle as chief challenger of Hillary Clinton from Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont who has been speaking to enthusiastic crowds all summer.

The vice president, meanwhile, tapped a new communications director with presidential campaign experience. Kate Bedingfield, who comes to the VP’s office from the powerful post of top spokesperson for the film industry’s trade association, also served on John Edwards’ failed 2008 campaign.

This article first appeared today on LifeZette.

Chuck Todd: Democratic Base “Uninspired” by Hillary

NBC’s Chuck Todd Friday morning noted that the Democratic base, while it will vote for Hillary, doesn’t particularly adore her.

This is important because it means that she can’t win the election in the way President Obama did – by grabbing the Democratic Party on the left side and squeezing out every vote possible.

But it also provides room for two people who are talking about getting in, Joe Biden and Al Gore, to jump into the primaries.

I know you think they are clowns, but they both have the ability to get lefty Democrats to the polls. And their ideas aren’t as far out of the mainstream as those of Socialist Bernie Sanders. And that could be more dangerous for Republicans than many think.

Jon Conradi has more on the Biden-Gore possibility at LifeZette.

Biden Returns to Work

Vice President Joe Biden returned to the White House Wednesday following the weekend funeral of his son Beau. Biden’s schedule includes lunch with President Obama and a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He’ll return to Wilmington, Delaware later this afternoon. Wishing him all the best. Continue Reading

Video || Joe Biden, Creepy Uncle

Joe’s latest weirdness earned him a Letterman top ten appearance. “There is no circumstance under which a man has a right to touch a woman without her consent other than self-defense. We are changing the attitudes of America about what constitutes appropriate behavior on the part of a man with a woman.” – Joe Biden,… Continue Reading