Political pundits are abuzz with the possibility of a Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren 2016 ticket in the wake of an unannounced meeting
between the two on Saturday.
Biden, 72, has told friends that if he does run for president, he will serve only one term, making an early announcement of his vice-presidential running-mate a strong possibility. If elected, he would be the oldest incoming president.
The vice president left his home in Delaware to meet with the Massachusetts senator at his official residence at the Naval Observatory for about two hours, CNN reported.
The two supposedly discussed only policy issues over lunch, but speculation is growing about whether Biden might be looking to tap Warren, her state's senior Senator, as his running mate for next year's election.
Many Democratic activists still would like to see her name somewhere on the ballot — as does at least one Biden confidant, The Boston Globe
"I think that would be a great ticket," longtime Biden adviser Larry Rasky told the newspaper. But an aide to Warren wouldn't confirm to the Globe whether the senator would accept such as role. She has repeatedly ruled out a presidential run herself.
"Meet the Press"
moderator Chuck Todd opened his show wondering whether Biden might be "sending a not-so-subtle message of perhaps what his dream ticket could look like."
"On behalf of political reporters everywhere, and not for ideological and partisan reasons, I would like to ask Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren to run as a ticket," USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said later on the same show during a roundtable discussion. "I think that would be fantastic to cover. I'm 100 percent in favor."
"You and the RNC," Todd laughed, implying the Republican establishment would like see Biden team up with the far-left Warren in a general election.
On CNN's "State of the Union,"
GOP hopeful Ben Carson was asked if a Biden-Warren ticket would cause him any concern.
"No, it doesn't," Carson told guest host Jim Acosta. "You know, I am happy with whatever they come up with, because I think that this election will be an excellent opportunity for the American people to make a clear choice. I don't think it is going to be muddied."
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, meanwhile, suggested the ticket was good for the Democrats, but wondered whether Biden's boss was on board.
Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza found the Biden-Warren summit "SUPER intriguing." (His emphasis.) And Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter thinks that, at the very least, the subject came up.
Alter later clarified: "I'm not speculating that Biden offered VP much less that Warren accepted. Only saying that my bet is the subject came up."
Josh Alcorn of Draft Biden 2016 declined to speculate when asked by guest host Shannon Bream on "Fox News Sunday."
"You'll have to let the vice president talk about that," Alcorn, a former adviser to Biden's recently deceased son, Beau, said.
It was all enough to make Mediaite
declare: "Let’s All Start Wildly Speculating About Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren’s Private Meeting."
Journalist and author Carl Bernstein told CNN's "New Day" on Friday he's heard such talk.
He wants to "serve for four years, unite Washington," Bernstein said of Biden's possible plans. "I think there's a conversation going on to that effect among his aides and friends."
Biden clearly would like to be president, but is letting things play out with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's troubles with her private email server, Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post said on "Face the Nation."
"Joe Biden has wanted to be president and has been running for president since Hillary Clinton was first lady of Arkansas," Marcus said. Biden ran unsuccessfully in 1988 and again in 2008.
Whether the meeting means Biden wants Warren on the ticket, the very fact that he did talk to her means one thing for certain, Bakari Sellers former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives said on "State of the Union."
"Joe Biden is running for president of the United States," he said.
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