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Joe Biden is Racking Up Endorsements-In-Waiting, If He Runs

The former vice president is making the rounds on Capitol Hill and earning the support of several of his former colleagues.

By NTK Staff | 02.07.2019 @11:18am
Joe Biden is Racking Up Endorsements-In-Waiting, If He Runs

Former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly talking to many of his former colleagues on Capitol Hill and racking up endorsements, should the 76-year-old decide to once again run for president.

A Politico report published Thursday found that Biden has recently discussed his political future with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

According to Politico, at least three senators are already willing to back Biden, a fourth is leaning heavily that way, and a fifth “wouldn’t rule it out.”

Feinstein, Coons and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware are openly backing Biden, even though he hasn’t announced yet, and Jones said he’d “probably” join them. Those are the earliest hints of endorsements by senators in the primary.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois. “Every month or so, I get a phone call from him. He speaks in a very general way about weighing the options.”

It’s an impressive list, considering Biden has not publicly stated his 2020 intentions.

Biden often appears atop national and state-based polls for the 2020 presidential primary, but the field is getting more crowded and more active every week. Last week, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) entered the race, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is expected to jump in this weekend, too.

Nearly everyone agrees Biden would occupy a “moderate lane” in the Democratic primary, and FiveThirtyEight investigated whether such a lane even exists in a party that is moving further and further to the left.

“It’s not totally clear if the party’s moderates can form a distinct coalition that would vote en masse for the same candidate in the primaries, as other groups in the electorate have in the recent past,” Perry Bacon, Jr. wrote. He cites black voters for Obama in 2008 and young voters for Sanders in 2016 as examples.

Biden would undoubtedly attempt to peel away some of the white, working-class voters that President Trump won over in 2016, if he makes it to the general election. What remains an unanswered question is if those voters would propel Biden to a Democratic nomination in 2020.

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