Vice President Joe Biden is going to be in the 2016 presidential race regardless of what Hillary Clinton decides to do and he should be, Karl Rove said on Monday.
"I think he get's in regardless," Rove said on Fox
in response to whether or not other potential Democrats should go start going to Iowa or wait to see what Hillary Clinton decides to do.
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"There's nothing to be lost by anybody . . . There's no disadvantage to [the Democratic candidates] going to Iowa and these early states, and starting to poke around, build relationships, start the nucleus of an organization and to flesh out their messages because they don't know if she's going to run or not."
Rove thinks the reason the 2016 race is beginning to shape up so early is because President Barack Obama has already become a weak, lame duck president, and people are beginning to look forward to who the next president might be.
"I have a theory. The political system sort of makes a judgement as to when you're going to turn the page on a president in his second term. And the sooner you start to turn that page, the more that activity to replace the president starts to ramp up," Rove explained.
"I'm thinking that maybe the political system is starting to say, 'President Obama, you are in our second term and you are going to become a lame duck sometime and it looks like it might be sooner rather than later."
It's also hard to say for sure if Clinton will be the Democrat party's nominee, especially looking back at what the expectations were for her in 2008, he added.
"And remember, at this point in 2007, 2005, everybody though that she was going to be a strong nominee for the Democratic party in 2008," Rove said. "She was expected to win the Iowa caucuses on the Democratic side. She was the front runner, and of course we know what happened there, she was upset by the freshman senator from the state of Illinois."
Clinton is leading by 51 percent against other Democrat candidates, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls
, which could be discouraging for other potential candidates.
Historically speaking, being a Vice President usually gives a potential presidential candidate an edge in name recognition and accomplishment associated with their predecessor, but a challenger like Clinton may change all that, especially now with her record as Secretary of State and the fact that she can start campaigning early since she has already left her post, Fox News reports
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