Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.Read more
Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked a simple question: What was your proudest moment as secretary of state? Posed at a women’s forum, it was hardly hostile in intent. Clinton was unable to answer, and the resulting New York Times headline was brutal: “Hillary Clinton Struggles to Define a Legacy in Progress.”Read more
Vice President Joe Biden announced today, standing alongside his wife Jill and President Obama, that he will not be seeking the presidency in 2016.
Joining him, the pool reports, were:
Biden's sister, Valerie, Steve Ricchetti, Ted Kaufman, Denis McDonough, Valerie Jarrett, Shailagh Murray, Cecilia Munoz, Josh Earnest, Susan Rice, Jason Furman, Lisa Monaco and David Simas.
You can watch the video of the announcement here:Read more
In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden told the story of President Obama deciding to send a Navy SEAL team to kill Osama bin Laden. Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state at the time, "hedged" her bet, according to Biden's telling of the story.
Biden, for his part, advised against sending in the SEALs to kill bin Laden. (Biden now says he privately advised the president to do it.)
Watch Biden's remarks from 2012:Read more
Vice President Joe Biden will be eating lunch with President Barack Obama today at the White House. One wonders whether the 2016 presidential election might be a topic of conversation.
"In the afternoon, the Vice President will have lunch with the President in the Private Dining Room," Biden's schedule reads.
The rest of Biden's day will be devoted to Walter Mondale, the former vice president.Read more
Vice President Joe Biden seemed to contrast himself with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in remarks today at the White House:
"I don't consider Republicans enemies," said Biden. "They're friends."
At the Democratic debate last week, Clinton was asked to list the enemies she's most proud of.Read more
Vice President Joe Biden praised the Democratic field after last night's primary debate in Las Vegas.
I was proud of all of them, Biden said. We have to make America better. I think they all did a good job.
The comments were reported by MSNBC:Read more
Going into tonight, the conventional wisdom was that Bernie Sanders would try to genially introduce himself, the candidates would mostly stay in their own lanes, and that Hillary was a bleeding target. Not so much.Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the Democratic Debate.Read more
A new poll of the Democratic presidential primary shows frontrunner Hillary Clinton remaining under 50 percent support against Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden. The Fox News poll, which was released the day of the first Democratic debate, shows Clinton with 45 percent support, while Sanders has 25 percent support and Biden (who is not yet a candidate) has 19 percent support.Read more
Vice President Joe Biden will be at the White House tomorrow, the day of the first Democratic primary debate. The debate will be held across the country in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Biden has only two things on his public schedule for tomorrow: the daily briefing in the Oval Office and meetings.
The vice president's White House schedule reads:
DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
In the morning, the Vice President will attend the President’s Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.Read more
Just in case Vice President Joe Biden decides to enter the Democratic presidential race in the next day, CNN will be prepared. According to a CNN correspondent, the network hosting the first Democratic debate has a podium on hand for Biden.
"In case of Biden break out podium number 6. Here it is folks," says senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Twitter.
During the White House's Summit On Worker Voice on Wednesday, Joe Biden had a clear message for labor unions—that Hillary Clinton might not be a reliable ally, but he would be. His speech focused on his sympathies for the labor movement, his friendship with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and the like. He also hit Clinton, saying, "if I don't move... I'll be demoted to Secretary of State or something like that.Read more
An old friend who's worked at high levels of government and politics writes:
Assuming the validity of the NBC/WSJ poll for the Democrats, it seems that Clinton is in very bad shape.
Her average in the last four national polls is 40--down from high 50s in July, and people are now lining up with Sanders and Biden. Her numbers with independents have to be very poor.
She has endorsements, yes, but House and Senate Dems have to be nervous about her match ups with GOP candidates (all bad--even against Trump and Carson).Read more
Pope Francis spoke before Congress Thursday, and numerous politicians lived up to their most iconic moments.
IJ Review has video of Speaker John Boehner being moved to tears in the background:
Pope Francis opens his speech to Congress, with Speaker Boehner crying in the background pic.twitter.com/snP1nGewMIRead more
California governor Jerry Brown gave signs in a Wednesday interview on CNN that he may be considering running for president.
Brown, who has run for president three before, spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the current Democratic field. The Democrat said he has not yet endorsed a candidate, calling frontrunner Hillary Clinton "formidable" and refused to give advice about Vice President Joe Biden, who is reportedly mulling a run.Read more
Vice President Joe Biden took aim at Donald Trump in remarks today in Washington.Read more
More Iowa Democrats say they support Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in a new Quinnipiac poll of likely caucusgoers. According to the poll, 41 percent say they support Sanders, the Vermont senator, with 40 percent supporting Clinton, the former secretary of state and New York senator. In addition, 12 percent say they are supporting Vice President Joe Biden, who is not yet in the race.Read more
Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, will “reemerge,” as CNN puts it, next week on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign. The former president will headline a fundraiser in Chicago on September 17, the first of what the campaign says will be several events where Clinton will be raising money.Read more
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