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Pondering campaign, Biden sticks close to Obama

Exploring potential 2016 campaign, Biden delivers defense of Obama's agenda in Florida swing

Pondering campaign, Biden sticks close to Obama

MIAMI (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is presenting himself as a natural heir to President Barack Obama's policies, previewing his potential pitch to voters as explores a possible presidential run during a trip to Florida.

Biden planned to outline the Obama administration's role in brokering a nuclear agreement with Iran during a meeting with Jewish leaders on Thursday morning. It would follow a robust defense of Obama's work to address middle-class economics and college affordability during a Wednesday stop at a Miami community college.

As Biden considers a late entry into the Democratic primaries, he faces a field that has been dominated by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose message emphasizing the need to redress growing economic inequality has been drawing large crowds to campaign events.

Clinton has locked up much of the Democratic establishment and few expected Biden to enter the race. But Clinton's recent slide in primary polls and questions surrounding her use of a private email account and server while at the State Department have prompted Biden's deliberations.

In Miami, Biden raised money for the Senate Democrats' campaign arm but did not address his 2016 plans, according to two donors who attended the event. The donors, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden's remarks at the private fundraiser, said the vice president spoke of the need to elect more Democrats to the Senate and offered a lengthy defense of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.

Earlier, Biden brushed off shouted questions from reporters on whether he plans to seek the presidency, but offered up one piece of advice at Miami Dade College that was ripe for interpretation.

"People who aren't willing to risk failing never succeed," Biden said, citing the courage of older students who go back to school to learn new skills and pursue advanced degrees.

Biden is expected to make a decision within a month. Democrats close to the vice president have said his recent discussions have focused on whether his family would be ready to pursue a third presidential campaign only months after the death of the vice president's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. The preparations have also centered on whether Biden might have a plausible path to victory after Clinton and Sanders have been campaigning and raising money since last spring.

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Updated : 2021-09-22 07:52 GMT+08:00