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Biden Could Take On Hillary

By Wednesday, 12 August 2015 02:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Over the next few weeks, Joe Biden is expected to make a decision whether he is going to run for president. This is a very difficult time for Biden and his family due to the fact the vice president just buried his son after a long battle with cancer.

His entrance into the race for the White House would completely shake up the race for the nomination. Hillary’s campaign is suffering from a headache right now, and a Biden bid would send it into a full blown migraine.

Biden has some political gifts that could bridge the different constituencies that make up the Democratic Party.

Beau Biden was encouraging his father to run while on his deathbed. He said that the country needs “Biden values.” The window is open for a Biden run right now.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to take on water due to her email scandal that continues to be a death by a thousand cuts. She just does not seem to be able to answer the fundamental questions of why she did it, and now she is undergoing a criminal investigation.

The probers want to know how she handled classified information in an unsecure fashion on a private email account with a server at her home and not on the government systems. Her attempts at explaining her position have fallen flat and led to more questions, and even the liberal media outlets are admitting this will not go away.

The other competition in the race is Sen. Bernie Sanders with a populist message for workers, but this is an audience that Biden can tap into.

He is a long-time D.C. politician, but it is well known that he is not wealthy, despite being there for 40+ years as a senator and vice president. He also has working class roots in Pennsylvania which should counter Sanders’ message of being the candidate for the people.

Biden will have headwinds, though. He has to run on the Obama economy, which has been in the weakest recovery since World War II. Wages are down across the board, except for those at the top of the income scale. Workplace participation is at a 50-year low because people have given up trying and don’t bother searching for jobs. Working class people feel like the recession never ended.

Biden also has the tricky mine field of his own gaffes. He has a way of putting his foot in his mouth when his messaging is not completely controlled. His campaign for president was derailed in 1988 when he admitted to plagiarizing in a speech and made outlandish statements about his academic record in a New Hampshire campaign event with a C-SPAN camera there to capture it all (here).

He is a folksy, regular guy. He embraces being a politician who truly likes meeting with people and talking with them. This desire to speak open and honestly has the ability to hurt Biden, and make him into that “crazy Uncle Joe who we love” candidate, but in this election cycle that might be enough to make a real run.

Biden is able to bridge the gap with base Democrats and Clinton Democrats. He was for gay marriage before his boss, Barack Obama. He has an ability to connect with working people because of his style and background. His resume of a longtime Democrat who served dutifully while getting along with those across the aisle makes him appealing to more centrist Democrats.

With a lot of Democratic money still on the sidelines, there is an opportunity for Biden here, but he needs to move quickly. He is behind on establishing the necessary campaign organization, so so his decision needs to be made soon.

He poses the biggest obstacle to a Clinton primary win. Bernie Sanders has poll numbers that are impressive, but how much strength can his campaign have with simplistic economic messaging and a lack of nationwide organization or funding? Biden is able to balance between both candidates.

Can he win the primary? Probably not, but he could make Hillary answer a lot more questions that she probably does not want to and spend a lot more money than she expected. Biden’s run could add to the list of wounds that Clinton’s campaign continues to endure.

Even though he may not win, he may inflict enough damage to leave Clinton too vulnerable to win a general election. He may seek the democratic nomination, but he could be a gift to Republicans.

Kevin Broderick serves as a consultant for a Fortune 500 Insurer in the Employee Benefits marketplace for large employers. He received a finance degree from Providence College. For more of his reports, Go Here Now

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His entrance into the race for the White House would completely shake up the race for the nomination. Hillary’s campaign is suffering from a headache right now, and a Biden bid would send it into a full blown migraine.
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 02:35 PM
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