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Sharpton to Newsmax: If Hillary Indicted, Biden Will Enter Race

Sharpton to Newsmax: If Hillary Indicted, Biden Will Enter Race

By Thursday, 10 March 2016 08:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

If Hillary Clinton is indicted, the Rev. Al Sharpton told Newsmax he thinks Vice President Joe Biden could enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

While strongly emphasizing that he believes Clinton's assurances she won't be indicted, the veteran civil rights leader, television commentator, and onetime Democratic presidential hopeful also said he felt that if an indictment came down, other Democrats such as Secretary of State John Kerry or Massachsetts Sen. Elizabeth Warrren might also become candidates.

During a breakfast in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Newsmax asked Sharpton if Clinton were indicted, what fresh faces he felt might enter the Democratic presidential race.

"Well, she assured me and about 20 million viewers last night that she is not going to be indicted," he replied, "But in case she's wrong — and I don't think she is, because she seemed very self-confident — just shooting from the hip, I think there's a very fresh face in Joe Biden.

"That fresh enough for you?"

To other reporters asking if they heard him correctly, Sharpton said: "Joe Biden, as in Vice President Joe Biden. That's fresh enough for me.

"I would think as far along as we are in the process that we would need someone who could unite the party quickly."

In saying that Biden's was "the first name that comes to mind," Sharpton explained that "if you gave me a few minutes I could come up with more. But we're on a time constraint."

About 30 minutes into the breakfast, Newsmax asked if he had time to consider other names who might get in the race in the event of a Clinton indictment.

Repeat that "I don't think she would be indicted," Sharpton said that if it were to happen, "there'd be many" candidates.

As to who they might be, he said: "[Secretary of State] John Kerry would be a candidate — who I supported in '04 after he beat me bad in the primaries.

"I would like even some who have served who are no longer in office. A candidacy by [former Massachusetts Gov.] Deval Patrick would be interesting to me."

Sharpton went on to say that "a candidacy by Elizabeth Warren would be electrifying. I think a candidacy by a [South Carolina Rep.] Jim Clyburn would be interesting."

"So there would be several, with the stature and the national name recognition to energize the [Democratic] turnout," he said.

Sharpton also emphasized that he was not predicting that Bernie Sanders "is not going to be the nominee and I'm not saying I'm not going to endorse him."

The civil rights leader plans to endorse a candidate "very soon," he added.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 


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