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Biden Donor: 'If Hillary Is the Nominee'

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 09:55 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is considered a favorite among Democrats and could potentially be a major figure — along with President Barack Obama — in helping front-runner Hillary Clinton generate excitement over her presidential campaign. However, The Hill reports that tensions linger between the two after the vice president hemmed and hawed over a White House run earlier this year.

"There are only a couple of people who could smooth out the tension with Bernie, and one of them is Joe Biden," said a Democratic strategist who believes Biden could be a prominent surrogate on the trail in swing states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.

But despite the influence Biden may have on the campaign trail, observers say the two Democrats might find it difficult to move past the tensions that "bubbled up last summer and fall as Clinton's campaign wavered and supporters of Biden openly pressed him to take her on in a primary," The Hill reports.

"Going back a few months, it bordered on this intense rivalry, and there was a resentment about all the establishment support that fell behind Hillary," a Democratic donor said.

And according to The Hill, Clinton supporters were less than pleased with Biden for trying to take credit for his support of the raid in Pakistan on Osama bin Laden's compound when really Clinton was the one who counseled Obama to conduct the raid.

Though allies of both Clinton and Biden say the tensions between the two have diminished, one Clinton ally noted that "some of the statements he has made in recent months haven't been exactly helpful."

However, most recently, Biden said he'd like to see a woman elected president.

"This country is ready for a woman," Biden told the news website Mic. "There's no problem. We're going to be able to elect a woman in this country. I would like to see a woman elected."

If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee against Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Democrats believe Biden would be particularly useful with white men — a demographic Clinton is currently weak with.

"I think that having the VP's support would be incredibly important to Hillary, assuming she is the nominee," said Jon Cooper, former national finance chair for the Draft Biden super PAC.

"It would be one of the best ways to unify the party, because Joe Biden is so well respected, not only by his supporters, but also by the various factions within the Democratic Party."

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