Vice President Joe Biden’s “secret” lunch with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend stirred all sorts of speculation about a Biden-Warren ticket for 2016, as Western Journalism reported on Monday. Biden’s private discussion with the U.S. senator from Massachusetts — considered by many to be the progressive darling of the far-left of the Democrat Party — supposedly centered on issues important in the current political scene.
But looking at the big picture of Democrat politics in light of Hillary Clinton’s faltering campaign, one cannot overlook the fact that the Biden-Warren get-together came just about the time the Wall Street Journal reported that the vice president is “leaning toward” a 2016 bid for the White House. Biden has reportedly told friends that if he does run for president, he will serve only one term, making an early announcement of his vice-presidential running-mate a logical possibility.
One also cannot overlook the carefully chosen words of White House spokesman Josh Earnest in his daily briefing for reporters on Monday. Noting that President Obama and Vice President Biden had lunched together earlier that day, Earnest didn’t go so far as to say what a senior Democrat told CNN — that Biden had received Obama’s “blessing” to run for the Oval Office. Earnest did, however, all but declare the president’s preference for Biden over Obama’s former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
Answering questions from ABC News’ Jon Karl, Earnest said, “The president has indicated his view that the decision that he made, I guess seven years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he’d ever made in politics.”
Again, while that’s not a direct endorsement of a Joe Biden candidacy in 2016, from the words and demeanor of Obama’s official spokesman it would be reasonable to say that Hillary Clinton would not be Barack Obama’s first choice to carry his banner forward.
“I think you could make the case,” said the White House spokesman, “that there is probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign.” He wasn’t talking about Hillary.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the very telling segment of the briefing in which Josh Earnest offered high praise from his boss about Biden’s “aptitude for the top job.”
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