Biden Says He Will Not Run!

Vice President Joe Biden (photo credit: Marc Nozell via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Biden just refused to jump in. Jim Webb just dropped out. It looks like Bernie Sanders is the only alternative to Hillary Clinton. This is good news for the GOP, I think.

Hillary is the ultimate insider in the ultimate year of voter rebellion against insiders.

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Dem Congressman: Biden Is Jumping In!

A tweet from Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) claiming he has been told Biden is jumping in the race is lighting up the cybersphere:

To Biden or not to Biden; that is the question. This looms large for the Democratic field, as it would seem to indicate the imminence of a Federal charge against Hillary Clinton for breaching national security. That’s a clean way for the Vice President to jump in, especially given Clinton’s rock star performance at the first debate.

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No Way. Biden Ain’t Running.

Vice President Joe Biden (photo credit: John Pemble via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m going to make a bold prediction — I guess I’m trying to be more like Frank. But anyway, I’m going to put myself out there: Joe Biden is not going to run for President.

The media has been drumming up hype for the Vice President for months. He’s been included in every national poll, and if you listen to the media, you’d think he’s going to announce his candidacy any day now.

But that’s not going to happen. Biden is not running.

He showed his hand last month in an interview with Stephen Colbert. Via NBC News:

In a moving interview with comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden suggested he is not yet emotionally prepared to run for president in 2016, as he is still reeling from the death of his son earlier this summer.

“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president and, number two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion to do this,'” Biden told the Colbert, who recently took the helm of on CBS’ “The Late Show” from longtime host David Letterman.

“And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” Biden continued.

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Clinton Dips Well Below 50 Percent

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with former President Bill Clinton (photo credit: Karen Murphy via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Trump leading, but garnering only 28 percent — well below the 40 percent shown by the latest Gravis poll. But the big news out of the Q poll is that, when factoring in Joe Biden’s candidacy, Hillary Clinton’s support has now dipped well below 50 percent to just 45 percent.

And it’s not just the Q poll. The RealClearPolitics average has Hillary Clinton hovering around 48 percent. A majority of Democratic voters now prefer someone besides Hillary for the nomination. She’s in trouble.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.

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In May, Campaign Announcements Blossom

May is upon us and brings with it several expected presidential campaign announcements. According to a Washington Post reportBen Carson and Carly Fiorina announced their campaigns today, as expected. Carson hosted an event in Detroit, while Fiorina announced her campaign in an online video and an appearance on Good Morning America. Fiorina will follow up her announcement with a speech on Tuesday at a NYC tech conference and on a book tour to promote her new book which will be released tomorrow. Mike Huckabee is expected to officially announce his presidential bid at an event in Hope, Ark., his hometown.

The same Washington Post report also speculated on announcements that will come soon but do not have firm dates as of yet:

Sometime in the next few weeks:

— Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has been expected to make a presidential announcement sometime next month.

— New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose likelihood of running has shifted from near-certain to unlikely and back again, most recently said he would announce his decision sometime in late May or early June.

— Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also expected to announce if he will run sometime in May or June.

June and beyond:

— Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum launched a testing-the-waters account earlier this month, indicating he is leaning toward running. His team has said he will decide by late spring.

— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been aggressively fundraising and traveling in anticipation of a 2016 presidential run, and his White House bid is essentially a sure thing at this point. Continue Reading