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Biden: States 'Only Hope' to Fill Void of Leadership

Biden: States 'Only Hope' to Fill Void of Leadership
Former Vice President Joe Biden (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:27 PM

When former Vice President Joe Biden said the "only hope" was in leadership at the state level to fill the void and ensure that services are supplied, perhaps he was stating an ideological belief and not just nice words at a campaign rally.

Biden was campaigning this week for Democrat Ralph Northam's bid in the Virginia governor's race, The Hill reported Saturday.

"The states are going to have to step up in ways the federal government should be stepping up," Biden said at a campaign event with Northam.

"It's the only hope for leadership we have is at the state level," he continued.

Biden, who opted not to run for president in 2016, has been working diligently building a network by campaigning for candidates in gubernatorial as well as federal and state House and Senate races, crisscrossing the country, with special attention to the South, CNN reported Thursday. He's also giving speeches on a range of topics.

Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, a close friend and adviser, served as Biden's chief of staff in his Senate office for 19 years. He said Biden's current behavior is not new.

"Pick a year at random over the last — what is it now, 40-some years — and you'll find him involved in appearing for candidate fundraising events, talking to people about whether they want to run, those kinds of things," Kaufman said.

"Frankly, this is way too early to start thinking about what you're going to be doing — whether he'll run for president or anything like that," he added.

For his part, Biden isn't saying. He may be content championing issues of interest to Democrats against Republicans and President Donald Trump.

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