Bernie Sanders, the independent Democratic senator from Vermont, is within striking distance of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in a new poll of likely New Hampshire presidential primary voters. A new survey from the Morning Consult finds 44 percent of New Hampshire voters who say they will vote in the Democratic primary support Clinton with 32 percent supporting Sanders.
Eight percent say they would vote for Vice President Joe Biden, who is not currently a candidate, with two percent supporting former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and one percent supporting former Virginia governor Jim Webb. Eleven percent say they are undecided.
That's the Morning Consult poll's closest margin for Clinton in the three early primary states. Among likely Iowa caucus goers, 54 percent support Clinton while just 12 percent support Sanders and 20 percent say they don't now. In South Carolina, 56 percent supporting Clinton and 10 percent support Sanders (while Biden does better than Sanders at 15 percent).
According to RealClearPolitics, Clinton still maintains a sizable 48-point lead in national polling for the Democratic nomination. And the Morning Consult poll for New Hampshire could be an outlier, since in other polls of the state Sanders has not been able to crack 20 percent support.
New Hampshire was a critical state for Clinton in her 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination. After losing the Iowa caucuses to Barack Obama, Clinton rallied back to win in New Hampshire, giving her enough momentum for a sustained primary campaign that she ultimately lost. The former first lady and New York senator declared her candidacy in April but essentially relaunched her campaign on Saturday with a highly publicized rally at New York's Roosevelt Island.
Sanders, who entered the presidential race last month, is possibly helped in the polls by hailing from New Hampshire's New England neighbor Vermont, but the self-described democratic socialist is also wowing young voters and liberals by campaigning with populist progressive messages on Wall Street, privacy, and economic issues.
On ABC's This Week Sunday, Bill Kristol spoke about Sanders's willingness to take positions on issues like trade that appeal to the Democratic base, in contrast to Clinton's reticence. Watch the video, in which the panel discusses both Clinton's and Republican Jeb Bush's presidential launches, below:
Joe Biden will be returning to work tomorrow. It'll be his first day back at his job since the passing of his son, Beau Biden, on May 30. Biden has spent most of that time at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he'll be returning after work tomorrow.
"In the morning, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House," reads the vice president's official White House schedule for tomorrow.
"In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room.
Vice President President Joe Biden announced the passing of his son, Beau Biden, in a statement released by the White House.
"It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life," reads the statement from Vice President Biden.
Although neither the White House nor the State Department released statements or posted greetings on the 67th Independence Day of the nation of Israel last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden did attend the annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration at the Andrew W.
He might be the vice president of the United States, but he's still using his dumbbell at work. In a short Vine video to promote (or parody?) the fifth year anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move health initiative, Biden is seen pumping iron in his office.
According to Miles's Law, "where you stand depends on where you sit." And so when Vice President Joe Biden hyperventilates over Republican senators' criticism of the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran, we must take him with a grain of salt. He used to have a seat in the Senate; now he stands behind President Obama.
Democrats have not had to answer for the actions of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who offered to change a policy position in exchange for not being criticized, and threatened to paint President Obama as anti-Semitic and anti-women). Or for the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (which accepts foreign donations). Or for Joe Biden (who said last week he knows Somalis because "there’s an awful lot driving cabs").
Dozing off as we pored through a raft of mostly meaningless polls this week, we were startled awake by one set of findings. The CNN/ORC survey released February 18 was The Weekly Standard’s own little fire bell in the night.
Vice President Joe Biden met with a Muslim community leader who had suggested Israel might be a suspect in the 9/11 attacks. The meeting took place on the first day of the Obama administration's three-day summit to "counter violent extremism." Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon reports:
The Obama adminstration begins its three-day summit on countering violent extremism with a "roundtable discussion" Tuesday afternoon led by Vice President Joe Biden and including "representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism." President Barack Obama will join the summit twice this week, according to the Associated Press:
Vice President Biden spent about a day and a half in Belgium in early February to meet with various European leaders, but his entourage, security team and other delegation members required up to 209 rooms for up to three weeks surrounding the visit.