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Ready For Biden?

- August 21, 2015

In The Midst Of A "Full-Scale Democratic Freakout" Over Clinton's Candidacy, The Calls For Joe Biden To Enter The Race Grow Stronger

Tomorrow, Clinton Will Fundraise In Rehoboth, Delaware, The Home State Of Vice President Joe Biden. "Lewes-Rehoboth locals and tri-state supporters are invited to take part in a fundraising event to benefit Hillary for America Saturday, Aug. 22 in Rehoboth Beach." ("Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Set Aug. 22 In Rehoboth,"Cape Gazette, 8/9/15)

CLINTON'S FUNDRAISER IN DELAWARE FOLLOWS A WEEK OF SINKING POLL NUMBERS AND INCREASING SUPPORT FOR BIDEN TO ENTER THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Democrats "Increasingly" Wonder If Clinton Is The Problem. "What gives? Increasingly, Democrats -- privately, of course -- have begun to wonder whether the problem is not the campaign but the candidate. 'She has always been awkward and uninspiring on the stump,' said one senior Democratic consultant granted anonymity to candidly assess Clinton's candidacy." (Chris Cillizza, "Maybe Hillary Clinton Just Isn't A Very Good Candidate," The Washington Post, 8/18/15)

With Democrats' Concerns Mounting And Biden Actively Looking Into Running For President, Clinton Has Reason To Worry

Vice President Biden Is "Actively" Exploring A Run For President. "Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers." (Amy Chozick, "Joe Biden Said To Be Taking New Look At Presidential Run," The New York Times , 8/1/15)

Biden's Entry Would "Upend The Democratic Field And Deliver A Direct Threat" To Clinton. "Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers." (Amy Chozick, "Joe Biden Said To Be Taking New Look At Presidential Run," The New York Times , 8/1/15)

The Clinton Camp Now Realizes That Biden's Entry "Would Make Their Lives Sheer Hell, And In The Medium Term Could Be Quite Dangerous." "The Clintons and their adjutants have always understood that a Biden challenge was possible. In the long run, they believe, their candidate-with her financial and organizational advantages, her head start, the official backing of wide swaths of the Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate, and her strength with virtually every demographic group that matters in her party's nominating electorate-would withstand it. But they also comprehend, if dimly, that in the short term a Biden entry would make their lives sheer hell, and in the medium term could be quite dangerous, for three reasons beyond the obvious." (John Heilemann, "Where Joe Biden Is Coming From," Bloomberg, 8/3/15)

  • While Clinton "Is Viewed By Much Of The Press Corps Through A Prism Of Suspicion And Cynicism, Biden Is Seen Through Precisely The Opposite Sort Of Lens." "First, it would radically exacerbate an already punishing set of media dynamics for Clinton. Whereas everything she does is viewed by much of the press corps through a prism of suspicion and cynicism, Biden is seen through precisely the opposite sort of lens. Between his underdog status, warm relationships with countless national reporters and pundits, and the irresistible narrative of a father running to fulfill his cancer-stricken son's deathbed wish, the vice president would be all but guaranteed many weeks, if not months, of soft, forgiving, at times gushing coverage." (John Heilemann, "Where Joe Biden Is Coming From," Bloomberg, 8/3/15)

With Biden In The Race "The Democratic Establishment Would Have A Viable Alternative." "Third, with Biden in the race, the Democratic establishment would have a viable alternative. The absence of a plausible fallback option has been no small part of the reason the party's panjandrums have been laboring to suppress their misgivings about the swirl of controversies around Clinton's e-mail practices and her family's foundation." (John Heilemann, "Where Joe Biden Is Coming From," Bloomberg, 8/3/15)

Biden Already Has An "Awkward" Relationship With Clinton, Which Has Been Exacerbated By His Alarm At Clinton's "Sense Of Entitlement"

Biden's "Mounting Sense Of Dismay " With Clinton's "Sense Of Entitlement" And "Enthusiastic Money-Making Activities" May Further Prod Him Into The Presidential Race. "But equally significant, according to several people close to Biden, is his mounting sense of dismay about the Clintons: over their controversial politico-philanthropic endeavors, their enthusiastic money-making activities, and their le parti est la nôtre, nous sommes le parti sense of entitlement." (John Heilemann, "Where Joe Biden Is Coming From," Bloomberg, 8/3/15)

Biden's Past Relationship With The Clintons Can Be Best Described As "Awkward." "Friends described Mr. Biden's relationship with Mrs. Clinton in the Senate as cordial and warm. But Mr. Biden has in his long career in Democratic politics clashed with former President Bill Clinton, and his relationship with Mrs. Clinton has not been without awkwardness." (Amy Chozick, "Joe Biden Said To Be Taking New Look At Presidential Run," The New York Times , 8/1/15)

Many Biden Allies Have Already Said They Would Support His Run For President

Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) Said He Would "Absolutely" Support Biden Over Clinton For President. "The governor went on to clarify that he had not spoken with Biden about a run and that he did not have any insight into what the vice president is thinking. 'When he's ready to make that decision, there will be a lot of people interested to hear what decision he makes,' Markell told the paper. 'But otherwise what I think, what anybody else thinks is not really relevant. But I'd absolutely support him.'" (Nick Gass, "Biden Racks Up Two Endorsements," Politico, 8/18/15)

Former Obama Strategist Steve Schale Of Florida Has Joined The "Draft Biden Super Pac As An Informal Adviser." "The group created to lure Vice President Joe Biden into a 2016 presidential campaign just got a boost in the nation's largest battleground state. Steve Schale, a longtime Democratic strategist in Florida who helped President Barack Obama twice win the state, has joined the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC as an informal adviser. The move is another sign that the Draft Biden campaign is ramping up as if Mr. Biden will jump into the race." (Carol E. Lee, "Democratic Strategist Steve Schale Joins 'Draft Biden' Effort," The Wall Street Journal, 8/19/15)

Dick Harpootlian, Former Chairman Of The South Carolina Democratic Party, Is "Formally" Supporting Biden For President. "Dick Harpootlian is the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He tells The Associated Press that he's donating $10,000 of his personal funds to the group Draft Biden and is ready to donate another $10,000 if asked. Harpootlian says he's also formally endorsing Draft Biden and will start fundraising for the super PAC immediately." (Josh Lederman, "Vocal Joe Biden Support Dick Harpootlian Donating To Super Pac Urging VP To Run In 2016," The Associated Press , 8/3/15)

Rep. John Carney (D-DE) Has Pledged Support For A Biden Presidential Run. "A spokesman for Delaware Rep. John Carney said he also would back Biden, should he decide to run." (Nick Gass, "Biden Racks Up Two Endorsements," Politico, 8/18/15)

Beau Biden's "Top Political Aide" Josh Alcorn Has Joined The "Draft Biden Super PAC As A Senior Adviser." "A top political aide to the late Beau Biden is joining a group urging Vice President Biden to launch a White House bid. Josh Alcorn is joining the Draft Biden super PAC as a senior adviser, according to multiple reports. Alcorn, a longtime Democratic operative, previously served as a senior adviser and finance director for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46 in May. Alcorn helped raise money for Joe Biden's 2008 presidential bid before serving at the helm of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) fundraising efforts." (Ben Kamisar, "Beau Biden Aide Joins Draft Biden Group," The Hill, 8/3/15)

Dr. Howie Mandel, A "Prominent Los-Angeles-Based Democratic Donor," Said Many Hollywood Democrats Are "Not Thrilled" With Clinton's Campaign Or "Her Lack Of Trustworthiness" And Have Pledged Support To Biden Should He Run. "'I've spoke to a lot of people who said to me, Listen, I've already given money to Secretary Clinton but I'm not thrilled with her campaign and her lack of trustworthiness. If the Vice President jumps in I'm there,' Mandel said. While he won't name any names, Mandel says many of the people who've contacted him are 'big donors' with very deep pockets, adding Hollywood money is already making its way to Biden coffers." (Itay Hod, Hollywood Panic: Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal Has Some Donors Whispering, 'Joe Biden,'"TheWrap, 8/20/15)

Clinton Has Reason To Worry As Biden Is Seen More Favorable Than Her Among Key Swing-State Democrats

A Recent Quinnipiac Poll Shows That Biden's "Standing With The Electorate Is Stronger" Than Clinton And His Favorable Numbers Continue To Improve. "An argument could be made that Biden is, in fact, a superior campaigner to Clinton-or at least a more joyful and authentic one. By some measures, his standing with the electorate is stronger, too. In a Quinnipiac University national poll released late last week, Biden's favorable/unfavorable and honest/trustworthy numbers were considerably better than Clinton's. And while her ratings by such metrics have been gradually worsening, Biden's have been steadily improving; his favorability score is now the healthiest it has been since shortly after Election Day 2008, according to Quinnipiac." (John Heilemann, "Where Joe Biden Is Coming From," Bloomberg, 8/3/15)

Pennsylvania Democrats Consider Biden More Favorable Than Clinton By A 6 Percent Margin. (Quinnipiac Poll, 462 RV, MoE 4.6%, 8/6-18/15)

Ohio Democrats Consider Biden More Favorable Than Clinton By A 2 Percent Margin. (Quinnipiac Poll, 353 RV, MoE 5.2%, 8/6-18/15)

Florida Democrats Consider Clinton More Unfavorable Than Biden By A 5 Percent Margin. (Quinnipiac Poll, 345 RV, MoE 5.3%, 8/6-18/15)

CLINTON'S SUPPORT CONTINUES TO PLUMMET AND ONGOING REVELATIONS ABOUT HER SECRET EMAIL SERVER HAS LED TO A "FULL-SCALE DEMOCRATIC FREAKOUT"

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: Clinton's "Faltering Poll Numbers" And "Ongoing Questions" Over Her Secret Email Server Have Led To A "Full-Scale Democratic Freakout." "And yet, here we are. Clinton is in the midst of a full-scale Democratic freakout due to her faltering poll numbers and ongoing questions about how she has handled her private e-mail server." (Chris Cillizza, "Maybe Hillary Clinton Just Isn't A Very Good Candidate," The Washington Post, 8/18/15)

Peter Brown, Assistant Director Of The Quinnipiac Poll, Compared Clinton's Poll Figures To A "Leaky Faucet" Which Has Seen Her Support "Drip, Drip, Drip" Away. "Clinton fared even worse, with 60 percent of voters or more in each of the three states saying she is not honest or trustworthy. 'There's pressure on him to run from those who think that Secretary Clinton isn't the candidate they once hoped she would be,' Brown said. 'There's been a drip, drip, drip of her support; she's like a leaky faucet in her numbers.'" (Margaret Talev, "Swing-State Poll Suggests Joe Biden Opening," Bloomberg, 8/20/15)

Clinton's Massive Trust Gap With Voters Has "Undoubtedly Been Impacted By How Poorly Clinton Has Responded To The Questions About Her E-Mail Account." "There's little question that Clinton and her campaign team are facing a trust gap with voters. In poll after poll, majorities of registered voters say that they would not use the words "honest" or "trustworthy" to describe her. Those numbers have undoubtedly been impacted by how poorly Clinton has responded to the questions about her e-mail account." (Chris Cillizza, "Maybe Hillary Clinton Just Isn't A Very Good Candidate," The Washington Post, 8/18/15)

Every New Controversy Provokes "An Itchy Sense" Among Democrats That Clinton Carries "Baggage That Is Hard To Shake Off." "Underlying that concern is an itchy sense among some Democrats that however skilled and capable Clinton and her husband are politically, they carry baggage that is hard to shake off. Every new controversy is a reminder that this is part of what comes with the Clintons." (Anne Gearan, Karen Tumulty, And Dan Balz, "Backers Fear Old Weaknesses Stalk Clinton Campaign," The Washington Post , 8/15/15)

The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson: Speculation Over Biden Presidential Run Is A Result Of Democrats Being "Nervous About Hillary Clinton." HENDERSON: "That's right, I mean you can look at those poll numbers, her honesty numbers…of a sense that voters don't necessarily feel that she's on their side and connect with her. Those are the things that are happening and trickling out of polls in the Clinton camp. And democrats, who are a little nervous, I mean democrats are always nervous, but they're nervous about Hillary Clinton." (Nia-Malika Henderson, "Wolf," CNN, 8/3/15)

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CNN Political Contributor Van Jones: Increased Discussion About Possible Biden Presidential Run Is A Result Of 'Troubling Signs From Hillary Clinton." JONES: Surprising weakness from Hillary Clinton on stuff that you really wanted her to be stronger on. Listen, he's a sitting a Vice President he can wait until December if he wants to. I think people have heard of him in Iowa. So I think he can wait if he wants to, but I think that this is more about the troubling signs from Hillary Clinton, possibly in October imploding in front of a committee of Congress, much more than it is a passion for Biden." (Van Jones, "State Of The Union," CNN, 8/2/15)

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Clinton's Favorability Is Underwater

Only 37 Percent Of Floridians Have A Favorable View Of Clinton, While 55 Percent Have An Unfavorable View Of Her. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,093 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Only 36 Percent Of Ohioans Have A Favorable View Of Clinton, While 54 Percent Have An Unfavorable View Of Her. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,096 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Only 38 Percent Of Pennsylvanians Have A Favorable View Of Clinton, While 55 Percent Have An Unfavorable View Of Her. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,085 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Clinton Is Not Considered Honest & Trustworthy

64 Percent Of Floridian Believe That Clinton Is Not Honest And Trustworthy, And Only 32 Percent Believe That She Is Honest And Trustworthy. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,093 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

60 Percent Of Ohioans Believe That Clinton Is Not Honest And Trustworthy, And Only 34 Percent Believe That She Is Honest And Trustworthy. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,096 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

63 Percent Of Pennsylvanians Believe That Clinton Is Not Honest And Trustworthy, And Only 32 Percent Believe That She Is Honest And Trustworthy. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,085 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Voters Don't Think Clinton Cares About Their Needs & Problems

Floridians Believe Clinton Doesn't Care About The Needs And Problems Of People Like Them By A 13 Point Margin, With 55 Percent Saying She Does Not And 42 Percent Saying She Does. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,093 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Ohioans Believe Clinton Doesn't Care About The Needs And Problems Of People Like Them By A 9 Point Margin, With 52 Percent Saying She Does Not And 43 Percent Saying She Does. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,096 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)

Pennsylvanians Believe Clinton Doesn't Care About The Needs And Problems Of People Like Them By A 10 Point Margin, With 53 Percent Saying She Does Not And 43 Percent Saying She Does. ( Quinnipiac Poll , 1,085 RV, MoE 3%, 8/7-18/15)


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