Donors Hold Out Hope, Cash for a Joe Biden Run

'My heart is with Joe'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Donors Hold Out Hope, Cash for a Joe Biden Run
Democratic donors are once again rallying around Joe Biden, despite the vice president's announcement four months ago that he wouldn't be running for president.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

In what could be seen as a sign of desperation among some of the party's major donors, many are once again raising the possibility of a run from Joe Biden, who announced four months ago he wouldn't seek the Democratic nomination. "I would urge all of you to join me in 'keeping our powder dry' until we see if for the good of the party and the country, we should resurrect the Draft Biden movement," Fox News quotes an email sent by prominent Democratic donor Bill Bartmann on Friday. "We cannot afford to lose the White House.” According to Reuters, Bartmann is worried about new polls that show Bernie Sanders, who he thinks is too liberal to win the presidency, nearly tied with Hillary Clinton.

The email received a number of positive responses from fellow big-money donors. "I am hoping that the stars line up right and that Joe becomes the nominee," one potential donor tells Reuters. "My heart is with Joe." Meanwhile, Colbert King at the Washington Post writes that "the manager in the White House dugout might consider telling the bullpen to start warming up Joe Biden" over the newest developments in the Clinton email scandal. While Biden said in January that he regrets not launching a presidential bid, there is no indication he's actively reconsidering that decision. (More Joe Biden stories.)

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