Joe Biden, a two time runner for Democratic presidential nominee and current Vice President has recently been tipped to run for President a third time.
A Biden run would add more uncertainty to what is already turning out to be a pretty heated Democrat race. If you thought Hillary Clinton’s campaign is withering and Bernie Sanders’ rising, a Biden run would reinforce that trend even more. In fact, Biden has the highest net positive rating among Democrats nationwide. It was also only a few days ago that he said he ‘would not hesitate’ to run if his family would be able to handle it, which suggests quite heavily that the Vice President does want to run and that it’s simply a question of feasibility.
It’s interesting in some ways for Biden to criticise the shortcomings of the Obama administration, considering he’s a part of it. Many could quite rightly suggest that a vote for Biden would be in effect a vote for 3ʳᵈ term of Obama’s policies. His message how of wages have not increased in line with productivity echoes that of Senator Sanders, who currently holds a 9 point lead over Clinton in Iowa, with Biden a distant third. It’s not all bad for the Vice President though; there are reportedly a lot of prospective donors if he chooses to run, and his meeting with Liz Warren makes his presence known to other Democrat heavyweights.
If Biden were to run for the nomination that would also put Barack Obama in a tricky position. Having remarked that Clinton would make an ‘excellent President’, he might now be wondering whether he spoke with much prescience. He has allegedly given Biden his blessings to run, but I doubt we’ll see much more involvement from the President when it comes to the Primaries; I think he’d find it best not to endorse anyone at this point.
It’s quite to make big judgements on a man whose yet to even run but considering the broad Democratic field there already is I don’t think that a Biden run would be good for the Democrats, and I also don’t think it would be good for the nation too. America needs new ideas pitched by new people on the political scene, not the already well established who are accountable for many of issues America continues to face today.
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