Politico: Biden for President Backers Hard to Find in Senate

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Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 01:58 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Hillary Clinton is the runaway choice among Senate Democrats for the party’s presidential nomination while finding support for Vice President Joe Biden in 2016 is like looking for a needle in a haystack, Politico said.

Although Biden spent 36 years as a Delaware senator, the political news site could not find one single senator in the 55-member Senate Democratic Caucus willing to push for Biden to become the standard bearer for his party – not even from his home state.

And even his longtime friend, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, revealed that she had contacted Biden to inform him that she was throwing her support behind Hillary. "I think the vice president is terrific, but I think it’s Hillary’s time," Stabenow told Politico.

Biden announced in January that he would run for president if he a chance to make a difference. Biden hasn't gotten many calls of support from fellow Democratic senators.

Politico said that its research showed that most Democrats appeared to want Biden to step aside for Hillary, who has not yet officially confirmed she will be running. Her "Hard Choices" book tour is being viewed as a prelude to a possible White House run.

"I think the world of Joe Biden: he’s done a great job as senator and vice president," said Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who headlined a Chicago fundraiser earlier this month for the pro-Clinton super PAC, Ready for Hillary. "I think it’s Hillary’s moment."

The two Delaware senators — Tom Carper and Chris Coons — seemed unwilling to make a fine commitment when Politico broached the subject, even though they have been longtime friends and supporters of the vice president.

"I think 2016 is a long way off, we have to get through 2014," Coons said. "I have always supported Sen. Biden, Vice President Biden, and I think all of Delaware looks forward to a future in which he has great opportunities to serve."

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