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15 Reasons Hillary Should Fear Biden

15 Reasons Hillary Should Fear Biden
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden speak at the end of the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:01 AM

Hillary Clinton has fired a number of warning shots in Vice President Joe Biden's direction over the last few weeks, urging him to make a decision on whether he'll enter the race for the presidency.

As The New York Times reported, "Biden Watch has entered its 12th week, and fever-pitch speculation has accompanied it."

Gathered below are 15 reasons Clinton should fear a Biden candidacy.

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1. He's likely to get an Obama endorsement — In the middle of Clinton's campaign this past August, White House press secretary Josh Earnest gave a strong statement in favor of Joe Biden, suggesting that President Barack Obama would endorse the vice president should he decide to run. "The president has indicated that his view that the decision that he made, I guess seven years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he has ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense into the president's view into vice president's aptitude for the top job," said Earnest, Real Clear Politics reported.

2. Biden has the bully pulpit — Before the presidential race had even kicked off earlier this year, Clinton was frequently cited as the "inevitable" Democratic nominee, as she had in place an intimidating campaign infrastructure she's carried over and improved since her 2008 run. This perceived inevitability discouraged many politicians with less name recognition and resources from even entering the race. Joe Biden, however, currently holds office, while Clinton does not. With all the resources of the vice presidency and the executive branch in general, Biden would seize the power of the bully pulpit, which is decidedly more powerful than any campaign infrastructure alone.

3. He has a clear position in the race — In breaking with the White House on the Trans-Pacific Partnership earlier this month, Hillary Clinton continued to put daylight between her and Obama. The leftward move aligns her with rival Bernie Sanders, as well as Martin O'Malley, and ensures she's not outflanked on her left as she was in 2008. As The Wall Street Journal put it recently, "Hillary Clinton’s moves to distance herself from key White House policies creates an opening, if he wants one, for Vice President Joe Biden to run for president as the natural heir to the Obama legacy."

4. His record is consistent — While Clinton has flip-flopped on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a number of other issues, Biden's record is consistent. A consistent record has helped Biden maintain high trustworthiness ratings in a number of polls, while Clinton's ratings have slumped.

5. Biden can win the votes of middle-class whitesAccording to CNN, "A Biden campaign would seek to leverage the candidate's undeniable connection to blue-collar voters and his fabled tales of a hard-scrabble upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania — and to subtly play on suspicions of the wealth Clinton now enjoys." Steve Schale, a key Obama campaign aide now working with the Draft Biden super PAC, said, "If you look at the way Democrats have struggled with working-class white voters primarily, I think Joe Biden is a guy that has come from that world . . . He gives us a chance to talk to some voters that we have struggled with in the last few cycles."

6. Biden can win the black vote — Clinton's current rivals poll very low among African-Americans, a key constituency that helped Obama beat her in 2008. As Obama's right-hand man, Biden stands a solid shot of commandeering Clinton's support among black voters should he enter the race.

7. Sanders' supporters are likely to back Biden — Public polling shows that very few Americans would vote for an avowed socialist like Bernie Sanders. If or when the Sanders campaign begins to falter and implode, his campaign staff, volunteers, and supporters are likely to consolidate behind Biden, as they're the part of the Democratic party that are looking for an alternative to Clinton.

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8. Campaign dollars are still up for grabs — Those in the Clinton camp have suggested that Biden's relatively late entrance to the race would mean he'd be scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to fundraising for his campaign. But, according to a Monday report from USA Today, "Just 76, or less than 10 percent, of the 833 individuals who collected political cash for the 2012 Obama-Biden campaign are listed among Clinton’s 'Hillblazers,' her campaign’s designation for people who already have bundled together at least $100,000 on her behalf."

9. He's beating out many potential Republican nominees — In the crucial swing-states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Biden beats most Republicans in head-to-head match-ups, according to polling averages.

10. Super PAC forecast is bright — Biden has a super PAC working on his behalf, the Draft Biden super PAC, however he'll also need what Politico calls a super PAC superstar — that is, a rich mega-donor — to juice up his run. "Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, LGBT rights activist Scott Miller and his husband, entrepreneur Tim Gill," are big possibilities for Biden.

11. Clinton donors are abandoning herAs Politico reported earlier this month, LGBT rights activist Scott Miller (who's married to mega-donor Tim Gill) stepped down from the board of Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton PAC, after funneling $50,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC last year. He and Gill have now given $50,000 to the Draft Biden campaign as well.

12. Biden could tap liberal hero Elizabeth Warren as VP — In late August, the vice president met privately with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in his residence at the Naval Observatory, and the Democrats rejoiced at the thought of a Biden-Warren ticket in 2016. By tapping Warren, Biden would satisfy the base's desire to put a woman on a presidential ticket, and it would give him some policy heft on economic matters close to the hearts of the liberal base, particularly income inequality. As of this week, Warren continued to leave open the possibility of joining Biden's potential bid when speaking with the Boston Herald.

13. Biden could capitalize on Clinton's scandals — The former first lady continues to see her polling slip away to Sanders and the as-of-yet undeclared Biden, mostly due to the scandal surrounding the private email server she used as Secretary of State. With the FBI reportedly continuing to seize copies and backups of both her volunteered and deleted emails in October, and the State Department continuing to disclose the emails through the end of the year, it does not appear the scandal is going away anytime soon.

14. He has a compelling reason to run — Clinton has positioned her campaign as the chance for voters to elect the first woman president. While this has shored up her support among liberal female voters, it has cost her the support of many men. Biden, on the other hand, can not only run as Obama's heir apparent, he can also continue to tell the compelling story about how is late son Beau told him to run before he died — as Beau knew his father was an honest man. The story, reportedly leaked by Biden's own team, has resonated with all voters, not just one demographic like Clinton's.

15. Polling looks positive — From May to October, Clinton's standing in both national and state polling have cratered, while Biden's have risen, even though he hasn't even declared his candidacy. If Biden jumps into the race, his polling is sure to get a major boost, putting him in striking distance of Clinton's lead.

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Hillary Clinton has fired a number of warning shots in Vice President Joe Biden's direction over the last few weeks, urging him to make a decision on whether he'll enter the race for the presidency. Here are 15 reasons Clinton should fear a Biden candidacy.
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