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It seems like once a week I’m going these “Biden still considering a run” stories and continually he fails to make a decision under his own given timeline. Obviously the Vice President is trying to keep his name in the news as he continues to weigh the decision of challenging Hillary Clinton.

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Report from the LA Times:

Vice President Joe Biden is nearing a final decision on a possible White House run, according to a message to his political network from one of his closest advisors.

“If he decides to run, we will need each and every one of you — yesterday,” says the message from Biden’s longtime aide Ted Kaufman.

The campaign would be motivated by his “burning conviction” to boost the middle class, the message says.

Biden is aware of looming deadlines for getting on the ballot in some states, but his “first and foremost consideration” remains the welfare of his family, Kaufman said in the message, which was obtained by The Times.

“He has been in public and political life a long time and he has a good grip on the mechanics around this decision,” Kaufman writes. “It will not surprise you, as it does not surprise me, what he will weigh in the decision and what — being Joe Biden — he will not.”

The letter offers the most significant insight yet into the thinking of the small circle of Biden loyalists who have been part of discussions with the vice president over his political future. Kaufman, who replaced Biden in the U.S. Senate on an interim basis after Biden was elected vice president, did not offer any further clues about his thinking or the final timeline for an announcement.

If he’s waited this long and hasn’t yet pulled the trigger, I can’t figure out what he’s waiting for. If he’s this on the fence about challenging Hillary, especially after her acceptable debate performance, I can’t see him actually taking the plunge. Still, these stories persist and fill my daily 2016 news feeds so I’m compelled to keep considering it.

If he’s waiting for Hillary Clinton to stumble, it hasn’t happened yet to the extent that she’s no longer the favorite for the Democratic nomination. Furthermore, as noted above, he’s up against deadlines for ballot inclusion in several primary states. If nothing has pushed him into the race up to this point, I’ll predict that he eventually decides to pass.

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  1. I think they just want “will he or won’t he” to give Dems at least a little drama.

    The networks said the Dem debate had the highest rating of any Dem debate, but it sounds as if they were nowhere near the Donald’s numbers.

    • CNN reported about 15 million viewers for the Dem debate. The CNN GOP debate topped out at 24 million so a 9 million viewer difference.

      I’m sick of the Biden will/won’t he.. just do it or go away..

      • Nate, why haven’t you banned this creature from this forum yet — “Progressive Republican” — not only does it display the Nazi Swastika symbol with each post, but it also is a paid liberal shill (look at how many posts it has made in less than 5 years, OVER 12,000 — that’s not a hobby, but a JOB !!!).

        Your forum is for regular folks, right? Not for paid shills to post asinine repetitive propaganda — so why is this paid shill still posting here…?!

          • “How do we know you’re not a paid shill?”

            I have 700 posts total, you and Goethe (the two most prolific posters here) have a combined total of about 1900 — while Swastika Boy has over 12,500 !!! — LOL….

            • Hillary, you used the confederate flag to be inflammatory to me. It was childish.

              You’re like the kid on the playground who starts fights so you can watch other kids get in trouble while you scream, “he started it!!!”

              I don’t agree with PR probably 90% of the time, but this is a website where people can spout opinions. If you don’t like it, there are more than a few other websites to enjoy.

              Grow up.

            • Nate: I have no problem with PR spouting asinine tripe (free speech and all…), but, I do have a problem of its avatar displaying the Swastika all the time insinuating that all GOP are Nazis — surprisingly you find such vile propaganda fine….

            • Actually. I think it serves to discredit what he says when that is the first thing he wants people to see (a swastika next to his name), but that’s his choice.

              You frequently refer to Hillary Clinton as “Hitlery,” do you think some find that offensive? Should I acquiesce to them when they want you banned?

              My point here is that it’s a two-way street. You have a right to speak freely, which I encourage here, but you don’t have a right to never be offended.

          • Nate:
            Who would want Surfisher on their side, much less pay?

            Surf:
            Generally, PR has something to say, whether you agree with it or not. You are just abusive, and seldom have something to say that doesn’t sound like it’s out of a can.

            Oh, wait, you’re not “Surfisher” now. You’re “Hillary.” Sorry, Hillary.

            • Goethe: “Who would want Surfisher on their side, much less pay?”

              Now THAT was funny — why did you have to go off with the rest of your patented stupidities to negate it, kid…?

            • Sorry, Hillary.
              So–now you’re saying you ARE a paid shill??

              I had never thought of it, but if the Democrats wanted to undermine Republicans, they’d pick someone obnoxious to alienate people from the candidate(s) the shill says he likes.

              Is the pay good?

    • The Dem debates cannot hope to match the GOP’s for sheer entertainment value; hence the higher ratings.

      • Swastika Boy — still polluting this forum with your constant Nazi swastika display, and patented non-sequiturs…?

        Few watched the Dem “debate” since aside Bernie Sanders, the dems had only one other live body on display — Hillary, who’s FBI probes will most likely land her in jail (to your chagrin).

      • Swastika Boy — still polluting this forum with your constant Nazi swastika display, and patented non-sequiturs…?

        The only ‘Moron-a-thon’ is your constant SPAMMING on this subject.

      • If the Dems were smart, they would have conscripted someone like Jerry Springer to spice up their debate. He’s a former Dem office holder, he’s smarter than most candidates, and he could have brought in ratings like The Donald.

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