WASHINGTON — Joe Biden wants to be president. And each day, he's closer to being ready to run for the office. But even as he weighs a campaign to unseat President Donald Trump, Biden is carefully considering a key question — what happens when the president or his top allies try to make his family an issue?Conversations with aides to the former vice president and others who've spoken with him in recent weeks present the idea of a Biden candidacy as not if but when. Since the start of the year it's been like a "slow boil," as one aide put it, with Biden's answer on whether to run moving in a steady direction toward yes, incrementally warmer with each passing day.Elected Democrats and key party figures who've spoken with Biden, in person or by phone, say he has been giving percentages of the likelihood of him running — from 70, to 80 and even more recently 90 percent. He speaks regularly with President Obama, who is acting as a sounding board to his former running mate. … [Read more...] about Biden nears White House bid, but serious concerns remain
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Former Vice President Joe Biden cautioned Democrats about pushing impeachment against President Donald Trump if they win back the House in November."I hope they don't. I don't think there's a basis for doing that right now," Biden told CBS “This Morning.”“I think we should wait until the report comes out,” he added, referring to the report being assembled by the team of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.He urged Democrats to focus, instead, on “all the terrible things that are happening now in terms of interest of the middle-class people and working-class people.”"There are so many things to attend to immediately. Let's see where the investigation takes us," Biden said.Biden, in a wide-ranging interview, also talked about voter suppression and weighed in on Trump’s response to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.He said "absolutely, positively, without question" voter … [Read more...] about Joe Biden does not want Democrats to impeach President Trump
Former Vice President Joe Biden told "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell that "absolutely, positively, without question" voter suppression is ongoing in the United States. He referred specifically to Georgia, where a group of senior citizens was recently prevented from voting early, and 53,000 voter registration applications are on hold. "Seventy percent of those are African American. Surprise, surprise," Biden said about the applications on hold. Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia, is currently the state's secretary of state, and is overseeing the registrations. Kemp's office has denied voter suppression, blaming the delay on poor voter registration work by liberal groups. Biden suggested that the United States should have automatic voter registration, and that all citizens of the country should be allowed to vote. He also criticized voter ID laws for being too restrictive for many voters. "My name is Joseph R. Biden, Jr. If I show up and I don't have … [Read more...] about Biden says “absolutely, positively, without question” voter suppression is ongoing
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMichael Tackett Oct. 12, 2018 OWINGSVILLE, Ky. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in some of his harshest criticism of President Trump to date, said on Friday that the president was “trashing American values” and undermining institutions to “amass power,” as he appealed to his party to not give up on winning the votes of the white working class. Campaigning in rural Kentucky for a Democrat running in one of the nation’s most watched House races, Mr. Biden appeared to be testing themes for a potential 2020 campaign to unseat Mr. Trump. “He is just trashing American values the way he talks about people, the way he makes fun of people, the way he denigrates folks,” Mr. Biden said. “I got to tell you, I think there is a method to … [Read more...] about He’s ‘Trashing American Values’: Biden Doesn’t Hold Back on Trump
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAlexander Burns and Jonathan Martin Oct. 1, 2018 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At a Democratic rally in a downtown ballroom Sunday evening, Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island spoke vividly about the Senate hearings on the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, saying her “stomach turned” as she watched. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was indignant, vowing “no more Kavanaughs” if the Democrats win control of the Senate in November. When it was Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s turn to speak, he was stern but circumspect — even philosophical. Republicans, he said, had displayed “blind rage and brute partisanship,” imperiling the Supreme Court’s moral authority. He accused them of flouting norms he enforced as chairman of the Senate … [Read more...] about Biden is Preparing for 2020. Can He Overcome the Hill-Thomas Hearings?