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Sunday, October 23, 2016

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — More prominent Democrats on Sunday cracked open the door for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination as party front-runner Hillary Clinton battled questions over her use of a private email server.

California Governor Jerry Brown told NBC’s Meet the Press program that Biden should give “very serious consideration” to a presidential run.

Brown said the email saga surrounding Clinton’s private email server as Secretary of State carried a “dark energy” that represents a substantial challenge for her campaign.

“It is almost like a vampire. She is going to have to put a stake… in the heart of these emails,” the California Democrat said.

Asked if Biden should run, Brown said: “You are asking me presidential advice. All I can say is if I were Hillary, I would say don’t jump in. If I were Joe Biden, I would probably give it very serious consideration.”

Speculation grew on Saturday that Biden may soon challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination as the vice president met with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a power broker among liberal Democrats.

Warren, who has strong support from liberal groups that would be critical to winning in early voting states, has said she will not run for president herself, but she has not endorsed Clinton or any other Democratic candidate.

Josh Alcorn, a senior adviser for Draft Biden 2016, a Super PAC group that is laying groundwork for a potential run, said the vice president was “sounding out people in early (primary election) states, activists and potential supporters.”

Meeting with Warren could help give Biden more ideas for making the U.S. economy work better for middle-class Americans, he told Fox News Sunday.

If Biden decides to run, Alcorn said it would be important for him to announce his candidacy in time take part in the first Democratic debates in October.

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said he had a “great deal of respect” for Biden.

“It would be nice to have at least one more lifelong Democrat in the race,” the former Maryland governor told ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

The comment was partially a reference to independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-declared socialist from Vermont, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on Sunday told ABC’s This Week program that he would endorse Clinton in her bid to win the November 2016 presidential election, but said Biden would be a formidable candidate if he entered the race.

(Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal and Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Mary Milliken)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he delivers remarks at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum in Washington July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

  • Daniel Jones

    Let me get this straight; One GOP front-runner wants to force Mexico to pay for a implausible wall in an effort to out do China (Historical fact–the Great Wall did not stop the invaders), while ol’ Doc here wants to have drones turn *Mexican* territory into a no-man’s zone, the specific target order be damned.

    If either of these clowns get elected, the UN may well put sanctions on the United States.

    • Daniel Jones

      My apologies.. commented on the wrong article..

      • Dominick Vila

        That’s OK, I am sure I am not the only one who appreciated your post. Considering the level and scope of what passes for statesmanship in the Republican party, the only choices are to fight back with equal energy or laugh.

  • Dominick Vila

    Considering all the turmoil about Hillary’s e-mails, the fact that both Trump and Sanders are attracting huge crowds and have managed to energize their bases, I would not be surprised if Joe Biden enters the race. I would also not be surprised if he promised the Nr. 2 spot to Elizabeth Warren, if he gets the Democratic party nomination.

  • latebloomingrandma

    I am a Hillary supporter, but am quite concerned at how many people consider her untrustworthy. What I can’t fathom is that every candidate running has gaffes or misspeaks held against him except Trump. His straight talk is not really straight talk at all. It’s unfiltered trash talk, and says virtually nothing. An “interviewer” really has no chance at challenging him, because he doesn’t shut up.
    He never really answers a question, just gives his off the cuff bombast, and ” I am the greatest” BS. He never really said how he will “make” Mexico pay for a wall. I guess since he is a bully in business, he can bully all the countries of the world. Is that supposed to make America great again? So— is America not at all great now? Isn’t that equal to Michelle Obama’s remark about not being proud of America, when she was talking specifically about race issues? She was much maligned and labelled as un-American, and people hold that opinion of her to this day. Why is Trump not un-American? What he thinks he wants to do as President doesn’t approach what is allowed in the Constitution.

    Why is the collective media falling all over him, and not bringing up anything of his history–his love of our bankruptcy laws, his collection of trophy wives, what does he pay in taxes?. Does he have have assets hidden? Shouldn’t he at least be as accountable for his tax returns as Romney was? Does he cheat? Do his job sites hire illegals? Does he employ union people, or bust unions?
    Trump continues to harp about never seeing Obama’s grade transcripts, presumably a veiled attack that he got into Harvard as an affirmative action candidate. What about Donald’s grades? His dad was rich. How did he get into Wharton? A big donatiion by dad? Why don’t we know any of this, especially since it looks like he might actually pull this off?

    Are the media and the other 16 candidates afraid of The Donald? Can he buy the Presidency by using his money to just destroy everyone else?

    • Dominick Vila

      I believe the answer to your questions is that the elite controls the media in the USA. We no longer have objective journalism, just media outlets that support the interests of their owners. Evidence of that was made perfectly clear when Megyn Kelly had the audacity of asking The Donald if he still stood by his derogatory statements about women…and Donald’s derogatory remark about Rosie O’Donnell. Honesty, civility, and respect for the opinions of others, are considered evidence of appeasement and, shrug, liberalism by the far right. I can’t help wondering how many of the old fashion Republicans will stand up and be counted. Not many, I suspect, since they are rapidly becoming an endangered species.

      • midway54

        Great response. The future of this Country is of real concern for millions of us already in the midst of our Gilded Age II plutocracy.

    • midway54

      Speaking of affirmative action beneficiaries, remember that Clarence Thomas was one. Several years ago, the late great Judge Higginbotham of the 2nd CCA, himsef a black man, wrote a a searing comment to Thomas, accusing him of having gained his legal-judicial career and then pulling up theladder behind him.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Okay, let me be the first to ask “Which gender” are More Democrats cracking open to Biden running? Come off the BS. Men in the US would rather be hung from their testicles in a public square than answer to a highly intelligent female in the White House.

    But then, these boys will say, “Oh…but it’s NOT about gender.” Isn’t it? Only the most gender unbaised males don’t notice the gender of politicians running for office.

    Need proof of how much men in the US fight to keep their male dominance in government? How fast did they take down Geraldine Ferrara? Wendy Davis? Hillary has always been a thorn in the side men who simply cannot accept any woman in power.

    It’s almost as if it’s part of their DNA to wear blinders when it comes to a female president or CEO. Oh sure, they play act at treating women as equals. But are they? The male majority in Congress has consistently voted against the ERA.

    Then, they start their silly neurotic power freak labeling. “Untrustworthy,” “weaker sex” and incapable of He Man warfare.

    Men actually think women are not on to their tactics to control and hang onto what remains of their pathetic neurotic need to be the all powerful almighty demi gods.

    The day women’s salaries equal that of their male coworkers, is the day you’ll see a woman in the White House. Till then, these boys are just going to play Warrior and crusade for male dominance…just not when their wives bring home that nice 2nd income she works, longer, harder and for less to earn.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Just Say NO to ShotGUN JOE . . . .