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Ed Klein: Joe Biden's Waiting Game May Push Into February

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By    |   Monday, 14 Sep 2015 12:15 PM

Vice President Joe Biden may wait until after the New Hampshire primary next February to reveal whether he’ll challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, bestselling political author Ed Klein says.

"Will Joe Biden run for president? The short answer is: Biden himself doesn’t know. The long answer is: Biden is considering waiting until after the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, 2016, before making a decision,” Klein reports on his Ed Klein Confidential blog.

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One of Biden’s oldest and closest advisers tells Klein the death of Biden’s son, Beau, still weighs heavy in any decision making.

“The public struggle that you see Joe making with his heart and his conscience is totally authentic,” the adviser says.

“He’s still grieving over the loss of his son, Beau, and at this point the chances of his jumping into the primary race against Hillary are 50-50. But I’ll tell you this. The New York Times and others get it wrong when they conclude from Joe’s indecision that he is most likely not to run.”

Klein says it’s “altogether possible” Biden may make an early decision whether to run. But, he adds, the adviser and several others in Biden’s inner circle are urging him to “play a waiting game.”

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“They say he should look at the current presidential primary situation from the point of view of 1968,” Klein reports.

He notes that Sen. Bobby Kennedy entered the presidential race against Sen. Eugene McCarthy late in the game and would likely have won the nomination if he hadn’t been assassinated in 1968.

The Biden adviser told Klein he has told Biden there is “every reason for him not to get in now. If he did, he’d be $100 million in the fundraising hole compared to Hillary. She’s wounded, but not fatally—yet.

“He should wait until after Iowa and New Hampshire, where Hillary is likely to falter badly. He should wait for the party elders and super delegates to come to him and urge him to run. Then, believe me, the money will follow.”

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