Kevin McCarthy puts Benghazi committee in context of Hillary Clinton’s poll …

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Biden 2016 Is a Surprise — Even to Joe Biden.

In a “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, Hillary Clinton said she has tried to “be as transparent as possible” in response to questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state. Longtime Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, who served as a deputy chief staff in the State Department and has been under scrutiny for her role with the corporate consulting firm Teneo while still working for the department, sent out an email pitch Tuesday night with the subject, “If you believe in Hillary.” Abedin is also reportedly under investigation by the State Department’s inspector general, Abedin, the wife of disgraced former New York Rep.At the end of a long October 2008 piece on how Biden had decided to become Barack Obama’s running mate, New Yorker political correspondent Ryan Lizza wrote, “during conversations with Obama, Biden, who will be seventy-four by Inauguration Day, 2017, ruled out the possibility of another presidential run.” Lizza did not reach this conclusion at random; he had quoted Biden and his aides extensively in his article.WASHINGTON (AP) — With a presidential debate and a contentious appearance in Congress coming, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces an October full of opportunity and risk for her presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies are seizing on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s boast that the Benghazi Select Committee — the panel set up to review the former secretary’s actions related to the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya — has succeeded in damaging her poll numbers. “This is a damning display of honesty by the possible next Speaker of the House,” press Secretary Brian Fallon said in a statement emailed to POLITICO. “Kevin McCarthy just confessed that the committee set up to look into the deaths of four brave Americans at Benghazi is a taxpayer-funded sham. Anthony Weiner, is the vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the fundraising appeal demonstrates she isn’t seeking to lower her profile. “When we travel, Hillary relies on me for campaign updates. There’s one thing she’s going to ask this week: How many people stepped up and gave before the FEC fundraising deadline?” Abedin writes in the email to supporters. Biden said he had no plans to run for president in 2016, when he would be turning 74 years old, meaning he will be free to structure his operation to serve Mr.

The first Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas and her congressional testimony before a Republican-led panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will give Clinton a big platform to make the case for her candidacy and challenge her Republican critics. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has long insisted that his aim is solely to understand what went wrong in Benghazi, and not to attack Clinton. “‘While much outside attention has been paid to the former secretary, this investigation has never been about her and never will be,” he said in September. “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable right? The message asks for a donation of at least $10, and says, “It’ll mean the world to her to know you have her back — and make no mistake about it, she has yours.” Obama’s ambitions rather than his own.” Over the last month, Biden, in interviews, has repeatedly indicated that he is open to a 2016 campaign, while his supporters and allies have orchestrated a “Draft Biden” movement the vice-president has done nothing to stop.

But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee.” Speaking on the Fox News program “Hannity,” McCarthy continued: “What are her numbers today? The full Democratic field will appear at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, which was a turning point for Barack Obama in his upstart bid against Clinton in the fall of 2007.

His potential entry into the Democratic field could shake up the race and offer the party another alternative to Clinton, along with her chief rival now, Vermont Sen. Because she’s untrustable.” A spokesman for Clinton, who’s in the lead for the Democratic presidential nomination, tweeted that McCarthy had let slip the “true goal” of the Benghazi committee. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, said it was “shameful” that Republicans had used the probe into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in the Libyan city “for political gain.”

If the vice president runs, he would give wary Democrats an excuse to abandon Clinton, even though she has locked up lots of congressional endorsements and financial donors. Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, perhaps not expecting to see the former Delaware senator as a candidate on the presidential ballot in 2016, have praised him as a man interested in compromise, while blasting Obama as overly partisan. Biden has said he is unsure whether he and his family will have the “emotional energy” for a campaign so soon after the death of his 46-year-old son, Beau Biden.

But his appearances around the country have turned into a parlor game for political insiders, creating a distraction for Clinton as she tries to consolidate support. If Biden had been an obvious 2016 candidate, his decision to embrace same-sex marriage during the 2012 campaign could have been viewed as a political ploy to align himself with the party’s liberal base. “Vice-President Biden’s own uncertainty about entering the race has mean that, until now, his actions haven’t been seen through the lens of ambition, because they really weren’t about ambition at all,” said Jeff Nussbaum, who was Biden’s speechwriter during the 2008 campaign. “Until now, Joe Biden has been able to be, simultaneously, totally visible, above politics and under the radar.” The lack of clarity about Biden’s intentions seems to extend to the top of the Obama administration. Most prominently, the committee hasn’t revealed any serious dereliction on her part, but it has circuitously led to the email scandal that has badly wounded her.

Her next fundraising report will show how she fared during the typical summer lull and give insiders a look into how efficiently her campaign is running. Clinton’s team has built a massive operation at its Brooklyn, New York, headquarters and has hired dozens of field organizers in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where it has been spending about $400,000 a week on television advertising. Clinton has avoided directly criticizing Sanders’ policy positions or his role in the primaries but her campaign has indicated voters may soon see a contrast between the two candidates. Not closing the door to running for another office is a common tactic for politicians, both leaving options open and making sure people don’t view them as a lame-duck.

His top communications advisers for much of his time in office, Carney and then Shailagh Murray, had no experience working on presidential campaigns and left Biden’s office to take senior jobs with Obama. Many of the people who played key roles for Biden, such as his ex-chief of staff Bruce Reed and former national security adviser Jake Sullivan, had longstanding ties to either Bill or Hillary Clinton and were not likely to work for Biden if Hillary Clinton ran in 2016. But observers remember her struggles, in an October 2007 debate, to answer a question about whether immigrants in the U.S. illegally should be issued driver’s licenses. These aides seemed picked to enhance Biden’s role as key adviser on policy to Obama and often worked closely with the president’s official staff on major issues. “I worked for both of them [Biden and Obama].

Perhaps there are independent voters who were convinced the committee was pure and chaste and will now be furious and swing to Clinton’s support, but you should believe that when you see them. As his spokesman lays it out, McCarthy simply means that House Republicans are going about their duties diligently; in the process they found damaging material; and that has hurt Clinton. At a recent briefing with reporters, Jennifer Palmieri, a former senior Obama aide who is now Clinton’s director of communications, and Sullivan were asked about a potential Biden candidacy.

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