Even though Joe Biden is not campaigning yet, the Democrat debate organizers are saving a place for him.
A headline in the Washington Post makes the argument that the Obama Administration is working to defeat (or destroy) Hillary Clinton much more plausible. If you remember, several think that the Obama wing of the Democrats want to use Biden as their champion against Clinton. Now we find out that Biden has a “reserved” place waiting for him: “Debate organizers to Biden: We’ll keep the podium warm for you.”
Vice President Biden could qualify to participate in the first Democratic debate even if he did not decide to enter the race until debate day, according to participation criteria released by host organization CNN on Monday.
The news organization’s apparent message to Biden: despite the fact that he remains publicly uncommitted to launching a 2016 presidential run, it will keep a spot open for him.
The first Democratic debate, which will take place in Las Vegas, is already slated to feature former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia senator Jim Webb. Biden meets the minimum polling threshold put forward by CNN (a polling average of at least 1 percent in three major national polls) but would need to file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission – or merely publicly commit to filing such a statement – before taking the stage.
Speculation over Biden’s political future has run rampant, even as he has expressed uncertainty about a run as his family mourns the death of his son, Beau Biden. His supporters’ fervor is in part motivated by several unexpected missteps by the Clinton campaign – particularly regarding the controversy over her use of a private e-mail server during her tenure at the State Department – that have left the presumed front-runner in a much weaker position than anticipated.
Right. Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has taken everyone by surprise. Valerie Jarrett had nothing to do with it. It is all a big coincidence and CNN is just being fair to make up rules that allow Biden to jump into the race and take part in the debates the same day.