President Barack Obama is “orchestrating a full-court press to boost the presidential stock’’ of Vice President Joe Biden for a possible 2016 run, according to a report.
“It is not clear whether Biden will seek the Oval Office,’’ Real Clear Politics writes
“But just in case, the political foundation is carefully being laid and the public expectation is being buttressed by White House strategists, and dutifully documented by the media.’’
Since re-election, Biden has been “doing everything from the ceremonial (attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia) to the monumental: leading a high-profile presidential task force on gun violence.’’
The website speculates Obama may be “sending a message to Hillary Clinton that he will not automatically back her if she decides to run in 2016. With Biden in the field, Obama has a ready excuse as to why he can’t endorse the early front-runner.’’
And while Clinton has been a loyal secretary of state, Biden’s “loyalty has been second to none, and Clinton was Obama’s strongest and bitterest rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination,’’ Real Clear Politics says.
“So until the 2016 landscape becomes clearer and Obama gets to thinking more seriously about whom he would like to succeed him, Biden makes a good place holder.’’
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