Biden in 2016? He Sure Looks Interested
Recent moves suggest he's already plotting a run, say analysts
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2013 6:30 PM CST
Vice President Joe Biden, with wife Jill, marches down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House during Monday's inauguration.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – So let's see: Joe Biden met with delegates from the Democratic Party behind closed doors today, dropped by the Iowa State Society's inaugural ball on Saturday, invited New Hampshire's governor to his own private swearing-in, and hammed it up on Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade something fierce, reports CNN. Add it all up, mix in his recent back-room deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and his prominent role on gun-law reform, and you come to an inescapable conclusion:

  • "Joe Biden is running for president in 2016," writes Chris Cillizza at the Fix blog in the Washington Post. Or at the very least, he is "ensuring that any other politician looking at the race—or any donor or activist beginning to mull who they should support—knows that the contest runs through Biden." With one big exception: Hillary Clinton. If she runs, even Biden will probably defer, writes Cillizza.
  • At Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg agrees that Biden and Clinton "are in a tier of their own," and that Clinton is No. 1 within that tier. But Biden's recent moves make him a "more serious contender" if he opts to run. Read Rothenberg's assessment of the rest of the field for both parties here.

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Jan 23, 2013 5:44 PM CST
Bwaa ha ha ha!
Jan 23, 2013 4:34 PM CST
just what we need!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 23, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Hes an okay guy but surely we can do better than that. I would vote for Al Franken, or maybe Bernie Sanders if we could get him to change parties, Oh I know, --where oh where is Al Gore when we need him... (cringe, all you righties)....