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Biden….“I thought I was the correct candidate.”

Hmmmm?

Ole Joe is himself putting his views out there……

He also keeps his name in the 2020 Democratic nomination sweepstakes even though he has said he wouldn’t run previously….

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Former Vice President Joe Biden had harsh words for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday night.

I never thought she was the correct candidate,” Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to Fusion reporter Hamilton Nolan. “I thought I was the correct candidate.”

TheStreet’s Ronald Orol, who was also at the SkyBridge Capital event, said the audience clapped at Biden’s comments.

“No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for that moment in the nation’s history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country,” TheStreet quoted him as saying.

He also didn’t rule out running himself in 2020, according to multiple reports from the event….

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Bernie Sanders isn’t making some Democrats happy….

First….

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He adopted the party to run for President…

He isn’t doing that anymore….

The Democrats are trying to settle on a new Democratic National Committee Chair….

Sanders has his choice….

The Obama people, who are Democarts have theirs….

The people running for the DNC job say it isn’t about the just passed Presidential nomination choice of Hillary Clinton or Sanders….

So…..

Bernie Sanders dissing Joe Biden or ANY Democrat against his choice of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) against Tom Perez does not make some Democrats happy, even if Sanders does have his supporters…

Sanders’s recent swipe against former Vice President Joe Biden has angered Democratic party officials, who are accusing the onetime Democratic presidential candidate of refighting a bitter primary season that ripped the party in two.

The independent senator from Vermont has also infuriated supporters of Tom Perez, a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, after an unprovoked attack against the former Labor secretary.

Sanders, who backs Perez rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman, has shaken up a race that has until now featured few fireworks.

The DNC campaign changed this week after Biden endorsed Perez for chairman. Sanders let loose, saying that it’s time to move beyond the “failed status-quo approach” of Biden and Perez.

The remark has elicited a furious response from Perez’s supporters, who accuse Sanders of relitigating his Democratic primary fight with Hillary Clinton when the party needs to unite behind a new leader.

Sanders’s critics are firing back, noting that he isn’t even a member of the Democratic Party.

“It is very concerning that Bernie Sanders is so intent on taking over a party that he’s not even a member of that he’d insult the beloved vice president — and really the president — about a failed status quo approach,” said Texas Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, a Perez supporter and one of 447 DNC members who will vote in late February to elect the next chairman.

“This is coming from a man who is not even a member of our party,”….

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Obama, Pelosi, Schumer will lead Democrats…Says Biden…

Maybe….

But they are now OLD SCHOOL….

WHO will be picked to run for President in 2020?

Can Democrats find a young face, that will include not just the coastal Democrats and the Left leaners…But the Rustbelt and emerging SouthWest Democratic supporters?

Biden acknowledged that the Democrats have had a hard time finding a direction after Hillary Clinton lost last month’s president election to Donald Trump.
“Well, like after every presidential election where the party loses, there is no single leader,” Biden said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“There are voices that hopefully will be heard.”

He continued: “Hopefully, I’ll be able to have a voice in the direction of the party. The president of the United States will. Obviously, Chuck Schumer will. Obviously, Nancy Pelosi will. There is going to be governors that will emerge. So it’s a contest of ideas of which direction to take the party.”

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On how Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are working to keep the Presidency in Democratic hands….

Politico does a long piece on the above…..

The piece promotes the keep Joe Biden from running this time part, but goes into in detail about how Obama came to form a political relationship with Hillary Clinton and how he would pull out ALL the stops to help her get back into the White House, this time as President….

Although the two tan against each other in 2008…..

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Barack Obama came to think early on in his Presidency that Hillary Clinton would be the best person succed him as President and help keep HIS policies in place….

For Clinton, it was at first a try to change her 2008 efforts mistakes and do things HER way….

But with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders threatening her?

She has come much more to the left than she originally planned to…..

The piece IS a process pice and it does make Obama look cunning and the Svengali for the continuance of his wants and the contiuance of the Democrats in power….

Joe Biden was leery about a run off and on , but the piece points to his boss working for a long time to convince Biden to defer to a Clinton run….

Warren NEVER really was into running for the Presidency, but Bernie Sanders was and threw everyone a curve ball….

But as others have observed…After the Nevada Primary Sanders would be looked as a problem that would NOT stop Obama’s efforts to get Clinton the nomionationn and the White House…..

The piece points to the Obama White House starting early on to provide help and guidance to Clinton’s efforts…..

There where times when Obama would be NOT happy with Clinton’s actions against HIS policies …But Clinton was running….He wasn’t and she would do whatever she had to deal with HER issues…Not his….(TPP)….

One of the most important if hidden story lines of 2016 has been Obama’s effort to shape a race he’s not running in an anti-establishment environment he can no longer control. Over the past two years, he has worked quietly but inexorably on Clinton’s behalf, never mind the not-so-convincing line that he was waiting for the Democratic electorate to work its will. He has offered his former rival strategic advice, shared his top talent with her, bucked her up with cheery phone chats after her losses, even dispatched his top political adviser to calm the Clintons during their not-infrequent freakouts over the performance of their staff, according to one of the two dozen Democrats I interviewed for this story.

The affable traveling press secretary joined Clinton world as a lowly advance staffer on the 2008 campaign, gained Clinton’s trust at the State Department and was one of a few staffers who remained with her between Foggy Bottom and the 2016 campaign, serving as a one-man press team in her personal office. Image

The one thing he wouldn’t do was endorse her before she cleared the field. And once, when things were darkest after Clinton’s devastating defeat to Senator Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Clinton’s staff urged him to break his pledge and rescue her—but his team refused, a senior Democrat told me.

Clinton’s view of Obama is more conflicted, people close to both politicians told me. She has repeatedly said, “I’m not running for Obama’s third term,” while taking pains to emphasize their differences on issues such as free trade and Syria. And she started the campaign committed to earning the nomination without his overt help.

But Clinton has been pulled closer to the president out of mutual self-interest and circumstance as the long primary season has worn on: Both Sanders’ unexpected success and Obama’s 80 percent-plus approval ratings with registered Democrats have forced the former secretary of state into a tighter embrace than she anticipated. Indeed, her campaign’s internal polling showed that one of the most effective attack lines against the socialist from Vermont was his 2011 remark that Obama’s moderate governing record was “weak” and a “disappointment” to progressives.

“When he could sense the end, it was like, ‘Who gives me the best chance to win?’”

Clinton and Obama have something else in common: They both failed to anticipate seriously the rise of Trump. Early on, they were looking out for challenges from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Sanders on the left, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio as the most dangerous Republican in the field. But Trump’s ascent has only increased the urgency of the president’s last White House mission. “Mr. Trump will not be president,” Obama declared flatly back in February.

Obama’s ultimate goal in his final year has been strikingly ambitious, according to those I spoke with: not only blocking from office the birther who questioned his legitimacy as president, but preserving the Democratic Party’s hold over the presidency during an era of anti-establishment turbulence. Obama, always one to embrace a grand goal, talks in terms of creating “a 16-year era of progressive rule” to rival the achievements of Roosevelt-Truman and to reorient the country’s politics as a “Reagan of the left,” as one of his longtime White House advisers put it to me.

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Last ditch hope for Biden and Kerry?

Come ON Guys?

REALLY?

(Is trhis two ruch white guys not being able to get their heads around the face that the Democratic nominee is gonna be Hillary Clinton…and WELL qualified Woman?)

News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch is floating Secretary of State John Kerry as a Democratic presidential nominee as Hillary Clinton’s candidacy “sinks.”

“Watch Hillary’s candidacy sink and sink,” Murdoch tweeted Saturday morning. “Nobody buying and more big trouble coming on emails. Dems looking for a replacement. John Kerry?”

The Fox News owner donated to Clinton’s presidential primary campaign in 2008, and said in 2014 he could see himself supporting Clinton in 2016 depending “on the Republican candidate totally.”….

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A prominent Democratic donor on Friday emailed dozens of supporters of Vice President Biden, imploring them to be prepared in case he decides to make a late entry into the White House race.

The donor, businessman Bill Bartmann, cited a new poll showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton nearly tied nationwide. He is worried that Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is too far to the left to win a general election.

“We cannot afford to lose the White House,” Bartmann wrote in the email, according to Reuters…..

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Bernie Sanders may NOT even win New Hamsphire….

Hillary Clinton did very well off the first Democratic Debate….

While the Sanders people at first talked up that sanders took the debate….He didn’t….

Hillary Clinton has polled ahead of Bernie Sanders in several polls recently….

There will be another Democratic debate in a little less than a month….

If Clinton looks good  again….(He doesn’t want to actually debate)

And her email and Benghazi problems subside?

She’d have clear sailing to capture the nomnation and turn to the general election next November…

Oh, Joe Biden is actually sinking in the polling the more people push him to run….

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remain locked in a tight contest for the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire, according to the results of the latest WBUR poll of likely primary voters in the state, but Vice President Joe Biden’s standing has taken a hit.

Clinton picked up 38 percent of the vote, while Sanders took in 34 percent, including those leaning in one direction but not completely decided on a candidate. It’s a 7-point gain for the former secretary of state from last month, when she drew 31 percent with leaners, and Sanders led with 35 percent. Biden dropped to 9 percent, a decrease of 5 points from the September survey.

Regardless of whom they say they are supporting in their state, 60 percent of voters said that Clinton is most likely to win the Democratic nomination, while 13 percent said Sanders and just 9 percent Biden.

In two national polls released Tuesday, Biden came in a distant third, with diminished results from each last respective survey.

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Hillary wins and has 3% climb in post debate poll….Update*

While Bernie Sanders’ people tries to spin his debate performance as better than Hillary Clinton….Pundits and THIS Dog felt from the jump that Hillary Clinton bested Bernie Sanders in the first Democratic 2016 Primary debate….

To be fair…..

Hillary Clinton was on the stage to show her ability to lead and to put the email and Benghazi stories behind her….

Bernie Sanders was on stage to get exposure and explain HIS dream for America…Not Policy….

The debate is certain to help BOTH Clinton and Sanders …..

But Clinton remains well ahead of Sanders in polling across the board and in every state except New Hampshire.  Hillary is even or only slightly behind Bernie in Iowa…

A majority believe Hillary Clinton won her party’s first debate on Tuesday, but the Democratic frontrunner received just a small bump in a poll from the perceived victory.

Fifty-six percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents saw Clinton as the winner, compared to 33 percent who thought Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won, according to the NBC News/Survey Monkey survey released on Friday.

Only 3 percent, it added, believe the former secretary of State gave the worst showing during Tuesday night’s event.

Overall, the poll found Clinton with 45 percent support compared to 31 percent support for Sanders. That’s a three-percentage-point climb for Clinton, and a two-percent uptick for her main rival.

NBC News/Survey Monkey found that Sanders is making in-roads with young voters, nabbing 54 percent of those below age 30. Clinton, in contrast, receives 24 percent among that same voting bloc…..

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The poll has a very large sample of 4,898 persons and very low MOE of 2%….

*Update….

A 55 percent majority of registered Democratic voters who watched the debate said Clinton won. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who saw a surge in online interest and fundraising, was a distant second, with only 22 percent saying he was the best of the night.

Clinton also saw an uptick in the proportion of Democrats who say they want her to be the party’s presidential nominee. Before the debate, 44 percent of registered Democrats said they wanted Clinton to be the nominee. After the debate, the figure had risen to 52 percent.

That movement, however, is thanks to a lower percentage of undecided voters….

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Hillary changes her mind on the Trade Deal…

What a difference 8 years has made for Hillary Clinton….

Back in 2008 she had to make up her mind if she would stand by her Iraq vote…

She Did…

She was concerned in looking strong and not flip-flopping…

Not This time…

As Sec of State….

Hillary Clinton SOLD the Trans-Pacific ­Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement…

She supported it…

A few months ago?

Under questioning she would NOT give her view on the Trade Agreement she had sold…..

Today she DID…

She backed away from her support of the agreement…

She did so AFTER the President got HIS way with a Congress that tried to cancel the deal, but Did NOT…

How covenient…..

Hillary Clinton get’s it THIS time…

Get the Nomination…

Hillary Clinton announced her opposition Wednesday to the Pacific Rim trade deal, breaking with President Obama in another move to the left for her presidential campaign.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination gave Obama a heads-up of her opposition before announcing she’d oppose the Trans-Pacific ­Partnership (TPP) in an interview with PBS “NewsHour” host Judy Woodruff.

“What I know about it, as of today I’m not in favor of what I’ve learned about it,” Clinton said in the interview.

In a statement, she elaborated, saying that based on what she knew about the TPP, it failed to meet the “high bar” of creating good jobs, raising wages and advancing national security.

She also sought to explain why she was opposing a trade deal she appeared to back while serving as Obama’s secretary of State.

“I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad, just as I did when I was Secretary of State,” Clinton said.

“I appreciate the hard work that President Obama and his team put into this process and recognize the strides they made. But the bar here is very high and, based on what I have seen, I don’t believe this agreement has met it.”

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Anybody seen Sen Chuck Schumer around?

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Hillary Clinton IS the Democratic leader for 2016…Poll

In todays new National poll for Democrats who are or could be running for President by Public Policy Polling (PPP)?

Hillary Clinton polls as the clear leader for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee….

Sanders onl yties with Clinton with younger voters….

Her strength is in seniors, women and black voters…..

There is NO Barcak Obama type out there for her to worry about this time….

There has been seemingly endless discussion over the last few months about potential big name Democratic primary challengers entering the race to take out Hillary Clinton. So on our newest national poll we tested Clinton not just against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, but also against Al Gore and Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry and to make sure we were covering all our bases even Michael Dukakis.

Clinton leads the Democratic race with 42% to 24% for Sanders, 20% for Biden, 2% for Jim Webb, and 1% each for Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. Among Biden voters, 44% say Clinton would be their second choice to only 21% who say Sanders would be. If Biden doesn’t get in and you reallocate his backers to their second choice, Clinton leads Sanders 51 to 28….

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Daily Kos on Ted Cruz’s respect for Joe Biden’s loss…..’a**hole’

Joe Biden has suffered far, far more tragedy than anyone should ever have to endure in a lifetime. In 1972, just weeks after he first won election to the Senate, Biden’s wife and one-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident. Last week, his 46-year-old son Beau, who survived that same accident, died of brain cancer.

So fuck, fuck, fuck Ted Cruz forever for using this opportunity, as Beau lies in state, waiting to be buried on Saturday, to tell a cruel joke about his grieving father:

“You know, Vice President Joe Biden,” he said as a few chuckles emerged from the crowd, setting up the joke for him.

“You know the nice thing. You don’t need a punchline. I promise you it works. At the next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say, ‘Vice President Joe Biden,’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing.”

And do you want to know why Cruz is doubly a piece of shit? Because before he was forced to apologize, reporter Chad Livengood confronted him about his horrid joke, and his reaction was disgusting:

Q: Could you talk about the vice president losing his son this week?A: Heartbreaking and tragic, and our prayers are very much with Vice President Biden, with Jill. It’s a tragedy no one should have to endure.

Q: Why’d you tell a joke about the vice president tonight?

A: Uh …. [walks away]

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Romney still leads in the polling….

Public Policy Polling (PPP) is out with an new poll that mirrors most of the recent ones…..

Mitt Romney leads…..Jeb Bush comes in second…..

No matter what the media types are selling AGAINST a Romney run?

He still has the intial highest name recognition and would have a big advantage in making a Presidential run since he just got finished with one….

Yes several of his former handlers have jumped on th Bush bandwagon….But Romney has LOT of money and will be able to quickly take on new hires for a run….

Oh, Scott Walker seems to be the guy who will be the undredog favorite for the GOP in this one….

And Jeb Bush, after his spaeking up is receiving so-so numbers even if he IS in second place….

January 30, 2015

Good news for Walker, Carson in GOP Poll

PPP’s newest national poll finds Mitt Romney leading the Republican candidate field, although not by a particularly substantial amount. He’s at 21% to 17% for Jeb Bush, 15% for Ben Carson, 11% for Scott Walker, 9% each for Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, 7% for Chris Christie, 4% for Rand Paul, and 2% for Rick Perry.

Romney’s leading based on a formula that sounds pretty similar to a lot of 2012 polls. He isn’t the top choice among ‘very conservative’ voters, getting 16% to Cruz’s 19% and Carson’s 18%. And he isn’t the top choice among moderates either, getting 22% to Bush’s 28%. But where he does have a substantial advantage is with ‘somewhat conservative’ voters, the center of the Republican primary electorate, where he gets 27% to 18% each for Bush and Carson.

If Romney doesn’t run for President and his supporters are reallocated to their second choices, Bush leads with 21% to 16% for Carson, 14% for Walker, 12% for Huckabee, and 10% for Cruz.

Here are the winners, losers, and in betweeners from this poll:

Winners

-The biggest winner has to be Scott Walker. His 11% standing appears to be the first time he’s registered at double digits in a national poll. He’s reached that level of support despite having the lowest name recognition of any candidate we tested, which is a pretty good indication that when voters get to know him they’re coming to like him. Walker’s near 3:1 favorability rating among those who have heard of him is second only to Carson. Things are headed in the right direction for Walker.

-The other big winner is Ben Carson. Despite being the only person in this mix never to have served in a major office before, he’s outpacing other hopefuls with Tea Party credentials like Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. Carson’s +38 net favorability rating at 49/11 matches Romney for the best among any of the GOP hopefuls. Carson has consistently been hitting double digits in our state polling as well.

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For those Sen. Warren supporters?

She is 50% BEHIND Clinton in the poll….Warren consistently trails Clinton AND Joe Biden in 2016 Democratic Presidential polling…

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Hillary leading Dems….Romney leading GOPer’s…Poll

A new CBS early 2016 Presidential poll has Hillary Clinton @ 85% approval from Democrats of her making a 2016 Presidentail Run…

And she got 51% of Indies approving her also for the new Presidential , something that is essential for her….

Joe Biden….NOT Elizabeth warren runs behind Clinton…..(Warren has a 57% no opinion rating suggesting that she is well known to Democratic Progressives and Lefties..But unknown to the rest of the party )

For Republicans it’s Mitt Romney  @ 59% despite the rash on negative political insiders doubting another run from the former Governor….As expected…Jeb Bush follows @ 50%…..

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are the would-be candidates that Americans most want to run for president in 2016, while solid pluralities would prefer that Chris Christie and Rick Perry sit this election out, according to a new CBS News Poll released Sunday.

The poll also indicates that a number of potential 2016 contenders remain largely unknown to the general public, or, at least, are being met with a smattering of indifference.

Leading the way is former Secretary of State Clinton, with 85 percent of the surveyed Democrats expressing approval for a potential candidacy by her, against only 11 percent who opposed that idea. Also, 51 percent of independents liked the idea of her running. She was the only would-be contender supported by a majority of independents; the survey did not question members of the opposite party.

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Are the Democratic leaders too old?

Hillary Clinton is in her 60’s….

Barack Obama is 53….

Joe Biden, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are in their 70’s….

All these people are in good physical shape…

But ALL of the above are older than most of the Republicans signing up for the GOP 2016 Presidential Nomination Sweepstakes…

Will THAT be a problem for the 2016 elections ?

When Bill Clinton sought and won, the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1992, it marked a generational shift for the Democratic Party. Mr. Clinton was the first baby boomer to be nominated by either party and became the first President of the U.S. who was born after World War II. Now, more than two decades after Mr. Clinton was elected, his generation still dominates the Democratic Party; and it is beginning to become an issue, albeit an unspoken one. That assertion is not entirely fair. Two of the most influential Democrats in Washington, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, were born before the U.S. entered into World War II and are thus from the generation before the baby boomers.

Mr. Reid and Ms. Pelosi will both continue leading the Democrats in the Senate and House respectively in 2015. It is also widely expected that Hillary Clinton, a baby boomer like her husband, will be the Democratic nominee in 2016. While some supporters of Ms. Clinton are concerned that her age–she turned 67 a few months ago–could be used against her by opponents, it is worth noting that in the context of the leadership of her party, she is on the young side.

President Obama, at 53, is a full half generation younger than the Clintons, but even he can hardly be described as youthful anymore. Mr. Obama is older than several likely Republican candidates for President in 2016 including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal. The Democrats have long sought to portray themselves as the party that attracts young voters, but this may be increasingly difficult for a party whose younger leaders were born before the Beatles first came to the U.S.

It is not the case that only young candidates can attract young voters, or that older candidates cannot resonate with younger voters, but generational issues cannot be ignored either….

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Joe Biden…Jump at it or Retire with Grace?

The Hillary Clinton train has ALREADY left the station….

Joe Biden knows it….

Democrats know it….

What’s a guy ‘in the loop’ to do?

“I look out on that field, and first thing I think is, ‘Coach, put me in, man, I’m ready to play,’” Biden said.

Most of the time, it’s not so hard to tell what Biden’s thinking — he’s just said it. But even his inner circle doesn’t seem to know where his head is on 2016 — whether he is actually going to get in the game or stay on the sidelines, dreaming of his glory days.

Throughout the midterms, he has been helping out candidates all over the country. It’s not clear to anyone, though, that there’s been the kind of strategy to help himself he’d need if he were serious about a White House run.

“You know the idea’s rattling around there, but I think that’s as far as we can speculate at this point,” said Larry Rasky, communications director for Biden’s two previous presidential runs and still an adviser and friend.

The last any of Biden’s circle seems to have heard is that he’s still not planning to make a decision about the race until next summer, well after Clinton’s expected launch and the chance for a graceful exit that he could say wasn’t about being chased out.

People who’ve been talking to Biden say the factor weighing on his mind may be less Clinton than Obama. Even as a sitting vice president, Biden might not be too proud to run a long-shot campaign, they insist. He was living it up during those months in 2007 when he was lucky to get a dozen people in a room and finished with a grand total of 1 percent in the Iowa caucuses.

But he might not be willing to risk losing the integral role he revels in at the White House.

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Iowa 2014….Well how about Iowa 2016?

Most if not ALL of the possible 2016 Presidential contenders have made the the trek to Iowa….

You know that place where the 2016 Presidential Election Sweepstakes begins…..

he 2014 midterm election is just over a week away, but it might as well be 2016 in the Hawkeye State.

Prospective presidential hopefuls are swooping into Iowa as they try to boost support for House and Senate candidates –along with the added benefit of connecting with voters who play host to the first-in the-nation presidential caucuses.

Vice President Biden will hold a rally Monday morning in Davenport with Rep. Bruce Braley (D), who’s battling GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in a race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Then, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who’s been visiting early presidential primary states as he weights a White House run, will speak alongside Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad and other Iowa Republicans at the Scott County GOP’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner Tuesday night in neighboring Bettendorf.

The next day, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner if she decides to run, will make two stops with Braley — the first at a union hall in Cedar Rapids, the second at the RiverCenter atrium in Davenport.

Across town that night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another Republican eyeing higher office, raised cash for Branstad at his annual birthday bash in Clive. Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will be back in the state on Thursday to campaign for Branstad….

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Biden following Hillary to Iowa…

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Is this gonna be a pattern for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Sweepstakes?

Vice President Biden will travel to Iowa on Wednesday, just three days after potential presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton appears in the state, The Des Moines Register reports.

Biden will deliver remarks in Des Moines at a “Nuns on the Bus” kick-off event, an unidentified White House aide told the Register.

The move comes after Hillary Clinton is making a high-profile return to Iowa to speak at the Harkin Steak Fry on Sunday. Biden could be trying to stay in the picture despite Clinton’s dominance in early polls.

Biden spoke at the steak fry, a rite of passage for Democratic presidential hopefuls, in 2013. He linked himself to President Obama then, it what could be seen as an unspoken jab at Clinton. “I have great respect for everyone with whom I ran in 2007,” Biden said then. “If you go back and look at those 13 debates, the only two people who never disagreed on any single, solitary subject in those debates were Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Biden, however, did not do well the last time around. Biden won just 0.9 percent of the vote in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, before dropping out of the race….

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