Biden surges in new Bloomberg poll

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Biden ally: Jill Biden’s support for husband running ‘a big deal’.

Vice President Joe Biden surged in a new national Bloomberg Politics poll of Democratic voters and independent voters leaning toward the Democratic Party released Wednesday morning, even though he has not announced his intentions for the presidency. I doubted the vice president would take the plunge, especially after he engaged in the public therapy of grieving for his late son and saying he didn’t have the emotional bandwidth for a White House campaign.Clinton and her aides have their line—the vice president deserves the time and space to decide, they repeat over and over and over—and so far they’ve held off the heavy artillery.

The Vice-President has swung from campaign-style rallies marked by chants of ‘Run, Joe, Run’ to introspection casting doubt on his readiness for a race. Now it’s clear his team is setting up an operation that would give Biden the option of a late launch if he decides to hit the go button. “Jill Biden, sources tell NBC’s Chuck Todd, is 100 percent on-board with a presidential run, despite reports indicating her hesitation is part of what’s keeping Biden from jumping into the race.” The second lady’s office even put out a statement saying she is behind her husband if he chooses to make the race. “Vice President Joe Biden’s aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race, and their discussions have shifted toward the timing of an announcement.” But there was a caveat: “Unless they change their minds.” And that, in turn, followed a Journal piece in late August saying Biden “is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date.” But now Biden is telling the Catholic magazine America: “We’re just not there yet, and I may not get there in time to make it feasible to be able to run.” So I’m a little dizzy. Former New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein reported on his website this week on a scenario that purportedly could pave the way for Patrick to actually become president by 2020.

And that’s been my position for as long as I’ve been engaged.” (RELATED: Obama Invites Gay Catholic Dissidents To Meet The Pope) Father Matt Malone, S.J.: And yet there have been times, when talking about specific public policies, where you’ve had to take positions that were at odds with the bishops of this country on contentious questions like abortion. NBC reported this week that Jill Biden is fully behind another bid, contrary to reports suggesting she’s reluctant to see her husband jump into the race following the death of their son Beau in May from brain cancer. “I think that’s a big deal, based on just what it sounded like he was wrestling with, himself,” said Carney, a former staff assistant to Biden in the 1980s when he represented Delaware in the Senate. “As he said time and time again, it’s not just him who has to be all in, it’s his family. With US Vice-President Joe Biden going through a third presidential poll and promoting the White House’s agenda, he is sending mixed signals on how close he is to becoming a candidate. His authenticity just came shining through.” Unlike Clinton, who, with her husband, Bill Clinton, has spent decades cultivating support in the entertainment industry, Biden, 72, has not stood in many Hollywood living rooms or backyards over the years.

While the Republican contest has been entertaining, what happens in the Democratic one over this next month may be more important to the election’s outcome.” Ben Carson can save lives, but maybe not his credibility. Biden led the field in terms of net favorability, polling at 80 percent to 14 percent, compared with Clinton’s 70 percent to 25 percent and Sanders’ 56 percent to 9 percent. In the arrangement, Biden, who would be 78 years old at the end of his first term, also would agree not to run for re-election in 2020 but instead back Patrick as his successor, according to Klein. “It’s completely crazy,” former Massachusetts Democratic Chairman Philip W. A new CNN poll gives Hillary a nice bump to 42 percent among Democrats—maybe doing more interviews wasn’t such a bad move—with Bernie Sanders at 24 percent and Biden at 22.

That was followed by her campaign chair John Podesta, sprinkling a little of his own shade in front of the pro-Clinton Priorities super PAC in New York—it’s already too late for Biden to mount a real challenge, and he’s not going to decide for a few more weeks on top of that. It has been hard, in one sense, because I’m prepared to accept de fide doctrine on a whole range of issues as a Catholic, even though, as you know, Aquinas argued about, in Summa Theologica, about human life and being, when it occurs. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), he’s too inept to run. “Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tore into Republican Ben Carson for saying during a Meet the Press interview that he would never consider voting for a Muslim president.” GOP candidates retrieve their copies of the Constitution and find religious tests are banned. “Speaking on Iowa Public Television on Sunday, [Ted] Cruz used the Constitution—which Carson said Islam is not consistent with—to argue that a Muslim person can be president, at least in the hypothetical sense. ‘The Constitution specifies that there shall be no religious test for public office,’ Cruz said, ‘and I am a constitutionalist.’ . . . Of the candidates currently in the race, Democratic voters are most skeptical about realistically seeing Donald Trump as president — just 29 percent said yes, while 69 percent said they could not envision the billionaire businessman in the Oval Office. A Bush spokeswoman boiled the campaign’s comment on Carson’s remarks down to the Constitution, too: ‘The United States Constitution is clear,’ she wrote in an e-mail to National Journal. ‘It prohibits religious tests for public office.’” The DNC shouldn’t bail out Hillary Clinton. “The panel of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday panned Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) for protecting Hillary Clinton from more primary debates.

As the veep complains about income inequality and the middle class getting screwed, how does he explain the Obama-Biden administration’s failure to do more for the last seven years? Their operation is just so massive and well put together, they want Biden and anyone considering supporting him to think, there’s just no space left for him.

A lot of Obama people who went to Hillary initially are prepared to jump ship and go to Biden.” According to sources, George Clooney — who helped raise millions of dollars for Barack Obama last cycle — is one of the Hollywood politicos giving Biden serious consideration. (Clooney’s spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, did not respond to a request for comment. But he looked very much like a candidate on Labor Day when speaking to steelworkers in Pittsburgh. “You see Joe in that context and you conclude that a presidential campaign or any kind of campaign for him would be therapeutic,” Carney said. “He just gets energy from the people out there.” “I basically said, ‘Look, Joe, whatever you decide to do, we’re with you 100%,’” Carney said. “I think history will treat you well, whatever you decide to do.” Biden’s acknowledgment of the fast-approaching deadlines on the Democratic primary calendar reflect what strategists have been saying for weeks: Biden doesn’t have forever if he hopes to challenge Hillary Clinton for his party’s nomination. Harold Ford, Jr., a Clinton supporter, chided Schultz for dismissing the concerns of Democrats who want to see more debates . . . . [Mika] Brzezinski said that the Democrats would hurt themselves by limiting debate in primaries, which help to vet candidates and expose their flaws before the general election.” If Clinton doesn’t improve, imagine how bad she’ll be in the general election debates. The actor has yet to publicly announce whom he is backing for president.) Meanwhile, another Hollywood source tells THR that it hasn’t been easy for Clinton’s industry supporters to sell tickets for her upcoming fundraiser on Sept. 27 at the Los Angeles home of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Rob Friedman in the wake of recent controversies surrounding the former secretary of state’s campaign.

But even as he hedges publicly about making a decision, Biden has road-tested his message at an official White House events—sending a different signal than his quieter moments might suggest. If she can’t recover her popularity in New York, how’s she going to win swing states? “What is probably more disconcerting to Clinton is that her favorability in the state has mirrored her favorability nationally, which has mirrored a fairly challenging ski slope. In the campaign headquarters and in Clinton’s wider orbit, they take care to say how much they like him, how much they respect him, don’t want to say a bad word about him.

Even so, Clinton, 67, retains many key Hollywood backers, including megadonors Haim Saban, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and even David Geffen, who famously bolted for Obama in 2008. But “Should a man like Joe Biden run?” is going to be a very different question for them than “Should a man like Joe Biden be president?” They haven’t engaged as much as some around the campaign expected, or as much as some Biden allies (the ones who feel affection for him and feel like he’s being goaded into a run) were hoping, so that he’d be scared off. “Because of the personal tragedy and because he is beloved by the president and because he is beloved by so many staffers on both sides, they are super sensitive to doing anything that even whiffs of attacking him,” said a source close to the Clinton campaign.

I know that’s not satisfying to anybody, but people who have been there, I know they understand,” he said in a recent interview of his family’s decision-making process on a potential run. Biden, if he runs, would face an uphill battle coming up with the funds to challenge Clinton, who already has amassed tens of millions in campaign donations. “WE appreciate the VP for dedicating his whole life as a public servant,” media mogul Saban told THR in an email. “However, Cheryl and I are firmly in Hillary’s corner, and she WILL be the next US President. The poll was conducted Sept. 18-21 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, surveying 375 Democrats and Democratic leaners, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points. Biden has also slammed Republicans running for president—including Donald Trump, who he assailed by name as offering a “sick message” on immigration.

After Scott Walker recuperates from the loss he might think about getting his degree. “Some supporters saw Walker’s lack of foreign policy chops as a fixable problem. In the Clinton orbit, there’s a debate: would Biden be enough of an actual threat that they hope he stays out of the race, or would he be just trouble enough to get their stumbling candidate back into shape? Patrick and his wife, Diane, dined with Obama and his wife, Michelle, when the president vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard and at the White House as well. With each passing week, though, anything outside of his emotional process—and one that’s now gone on long enough to start grating on some people close to him—has become less of a factor in his decision on a campaign.

What matters less to him is the science of running — how many field captains Clinton has in Iowa, for instance – than the feeling of it — like how Brooklyn got his old friend New Hampshire Gov. That all wasn’t because they were trying to squelch surging Biden speculation among Democratic activists, the campaign argues, but because the summer meeting was the last chance to see many of those party faithful before primary voting began. Clinton dropped the bankruptcy bomb in New Hampshire last week, they say, not because she got on the plane looking to pick a fight; she just happened to have him on her mind. There’s no official prepared binder on the shelf to pull down if and when word of an announcement leaks. “Since day one, we’ve been implementing a strategy expecting a competitive primary,” a campaign official said. “The movements of opponents or potential opponents hasn’t changed it.”

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