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Bridget Johnson


January 31, 2014 - 7:21 am


Vice President Joe Biden got his dreams of succeeding his boss in the Oval Office pretty squashed this week — in a historical way.

“In my heart, I’m confident I could make a good president,” Biden told the Today show in his flurry of post-State of the Union interviews, stressing “I haven’t made a decision to run and I haven’t made a decision not to run.”

Then came a Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows Clinton with the biggest primary polling lead of a presidential front-runner in a non-incumbent year — ever.

Clinton trounced Biden in the survey of Democrats with 73 percent to the veep’s 12 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has not said that she wants to run, got 8 percent.

The GOP field, a question asked of Republican respondents, was predictably all over the map.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (D-Wis.) had 20 percent support, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pulled in 18 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie registered at 13 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got 12 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was at his heels with 11 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) rounded out the pack at 10 percent.

In a head-to-head matchup between Clinton and Christie, Clinton pulled in 53 percent support to 41 percent for the governor. Sixteen percent of those identifying as Republicans picked Clinton, while eight percent of those identifying as Democrats picked Christie.

Clinton’s favorability rating is at 58 percent, while Christie is at 35 percent with a quarter of those surveyed holding no opinion of the governor one way or the other.

For a party that capitalized on President Obama’s youth to twice win the White House, 2016 is shaping up to be an older race, as Biden is currently 71 and Clinton is 66. Warren, if she decided to jump into the race, is 64; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has expressed interest in running to make a point about far-left policies, is 72.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Biden polls even less if you include Honey Boo Boo as a choice...
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Biden's a perfect choice for the nomination -- if you favor a goofy old lecher in the Oval Office.

It says a lot about the Democrats that this moron became Vice President, let alone that he thought he ever had a serious chance of running for the office of President.
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Biden has no chance. He's just there so it appears there is a contest. He won't even go to Iowa.

Actually, if Hillary! wins, William Jefferson "groper" Clinton hisself will be back in the White House, within paws reach of all the latest interns.
Most adults wince at the idea of having Bubba in the same room as their daughters, let alone in the same room with an adoring female crowd.
If Hillary! really wants to nail down the presidency, she needs to shed herself of Bubba.
Divorce is out of the question: after all the bimbos, she'd NOW tire of him?A plane crash would look too obvious.
They could go old school Soviet style "Mr. Clinton has a bad cold. He has expired."
Bubba already had heart surgery, and I'll bet he is still hitting McDonald's:
I'll go with death by Big Mac.
1 year ago
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"Divorce is out of the question: after all the bimbos, she'd NOW tire of him?"

Not going to happen. Spousal privilege.

Oh, you thought they stayed technically married just for appearances?

1 year ago
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Yes, he's not looney enough for the looniest of the left, and he's just plain too stupid for the rest of them.

Biden was clearly a, "Pick someone who will make you look smart." choice for Veep.

And nobody needs to set him up with a misspelled "potatoe" cue card, either.

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"Biden was clearly a, "Pick someone who will make you look smart." choice for Veep."

That's true but he is also Obama's life insurance. Shoot Obama get Biden as President? No, thank you anyway.
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