Debate organizers to Biden: We’ll keep the podium warm for you

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Vice President Joe Biden can participate in the first Democratic debate should he decide to run before then, CNN debate criteria released Monday confirms. Candidates must have an average of 1 percent of support in three national polls prior to the debate and must declare by Oct. 13 — the day of the debate, reported CNN. The news organization’s apparent message to Biden: despite the fact that he remains publicly uncommitted to launching a 2016 presidential run, they’ll keep a spot open for him. The network has changed its debate criteria for the Oct. 13 event so that Biden can take the stage as long as he declares for the Democratic nomination beforehand. Biden has seen his support rise in polls as he weighs a challenge to embattled Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, but has so far yet to decide on a bid.

Biden’s been hovering around 20 percent in recent polls, so the only thing stopping him from participating in the debate is a declaration of his campaign. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and former Virginia senator Jim Webb have been invited.

According to the terms, released Monday, any declared candidate who meets the qualifications for the presidency and has polled above 1% in multiple polls gets an invite. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate the debate, with additional questions from CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and Spanish anchor Juan Lopez.

Biden meets the minimum polling threshold set forward by CNN (a polling average of at least one percent in three major national polls) but would need to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Committee — or merely publicly commit to filing such a statement — before taking the stage. There will be a point – perhaps soon – in which Biden will need to stop plucking the petals and make a call one way or another. (Even he acknowledges so.) Democrats should hope he says yes, no matter how difficult his climb would be.

Speculation over Biden’s political future has run rampant, even as he himself has expressed uncertainty about a run as his family mourns the death of his son Beau Biden. His supporters’ fervor is in part motivated by several unexpected missteps by the Clinton campaign — particularly regarding the controversy over her use of a private e-mail server during her tenure at the State Department — have left the presumed front-runner in a much weaker position than expected. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday showed Clinton leading rival Bernie Sanders 53 percent to 38 percent, a significantly smaller lead than the 34-point advantage she had in July. Should Clinton falter in Iowa and New Hampshire – and should her favorability/trust numbers continue to drag – Democrats might want a centrist candidate to turn to. (Sorry, Martin O’Malley, you’re not it.) Democrats also could use a moderating influence in the primary.

When Biden was listed as a potential candidate in the poll, her support against Sanders dropped to 42 percent versus his 35 percent, while Biden took 17 percent. Just as Donald Trump is dragging Republicans to the right in the GOP race, Sanders is similarly forcing Clinton far enough left to be costly with moderate general election voters. He said that he needs to feel as if it would be a good thing for his family, and acknowledged that he might run out of time as the election cycle gathers pace. “It’s just not quite there yet and it might not get there in time to make it feasible to run and succeed because there are certain windows that will close,” Mr.

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