The Fix: Joe Biden

Biden for president? It’s an increasingly untenable idea.

Biden for president? It’s an increasingly untenable idea.

If Vice President Biden has serious designs on running for president in 2016, this much is clear: History — as in his own history and the history of vice presidents — will not be on his side.

The latest blast from the past arrived Tuesday in the form of a memoir by Robert Gates. The former defense secretary unleashes an especially brutal appraisal of Biden in his book, saying he thinks he's been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

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Joe Biden: The anti-Hillary?

Joe Biden: The anti-Hillary?

On Sunday in Iowa -- 2016 alarm bells! -- Vice President Biden said two things that piqued our interest.

The first was on gay marriage. “I could not remain silent any more,” Biden said. “It’s the civil rights (issue) of our day.”

The second was on Iraq. “[President Obama] and I said the exact same thing, coincidentally: End to the war in Iraq,” Biden said of he and the then-Illinois Senator in 2007. “And we did.”

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Joe Biden's top Scranton moments

Joe Biden's top Scranton moments

America's happy warrior comes home today.

Set to appear at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Vice President Joe Biden will join President Obama on the last stop of his two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania.

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Joe Biden and filling the Hillary vacuum

Joe Biden and filling the Hillary vacuum

Talk of Hillary Clinton running for president is everywhere. The actual Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is much harder to find. That gap between chatter about a Clinton presidential candidacy and action toward such a candidacy creates a bit of a vacuum. And everyone knows politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.

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Six things to know about Joe Biden

Six things to know about Joe Biden

When Joe Biden speaks, he speaks his mind.

Which is why we enjoyed digging into a lengthy GQ magazine profile of the vice president by Jeanne Marie Laskas. From 2016 ("We'll see where the hell I am") to his debate against Paul Ryan ("How the other guy" was "supposed to be the numbers guy") to how he views his relationship with President Obama (co-captains), Biden doesn't hold back.

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Jimmy Fallon interprets tweets from Biden, Christie (VIDEO)

NBC's Jimmy Fallon wonders what decision New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) never wants to be faced with.

Jimmy Fallon on Joe Biden and Anthony Weiner (VIDEO)

ABC's NBC's Jimmy Fallon looks at some real (and not-so-real) quotes from Vice President Biden and former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Why Joe Biden is talking about guns

Why Joe Biden is talking about guns

Vice President Biden will deliver remarks about guns Tuesday afternoon, an issue that was shelved in the Senate in April after advocates of tighter restrictions suffered a major setback when their proposed measures failed to win passage.

So why is Biden delivering remarks about something that isn't currently even on the legislative calendar? Here are four reasons that taken together could explain it:

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Poll: Paul Ryan viewed most favorably among Republicans

Biden rules out run for the papacy

The vice presidency: An overrated springboard

When Joe Biden sees President Obama deliver his second inaugural address Monday, he will see himself plus four years.

The vice president has made little secret of his designs to run for president in 2016, and now we learn that he carved out time to meet with both Iowa Democrats and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) this weekend.

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Joe Biden and NRA have long history of antagonism

Joe Biden and NRA have long history of antagonism

When Joe Biden meets with the National Rifle Association later today, he will not be amongst friends.

Biden's relationship over the years with the NRA has been marked by antagonism -- particularly given Biden's central role in passing the 1994 crime bill that codified the first federal assault weapons ban. Biden has also routinely earned an ‘F' rating from the group.

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Biden promises White House action on gun control

Biden promises White House action on gun control

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Some 2016 hopefuls have little use for coyness

Some 2016 hopefuls have little use for coyness

Coyness has gone out the window for a few potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Here's Chris Christie this weekend: "Yeah, you're damn right I'd be more ready" in 2016.

And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): "We are going to have to have somebody a little bit different than we've had in the past. Someone who can appeal to people in New England and on the West Coast. Someone who has a little more of a libertarian-Republican approach, I think, would have a better chance with independents and moderates." (Worth noting: Paul is one of very few Republicans in Congress who identify with the L-word.)

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Swearing-in day: Joe Biden's greatest hits

Swearing-in day: Joe Biden's greatest hits

Vice President Biden has been in elected office in Washington for four decades.

And he's still having more fun than just about anybody in the nation's capital.

Here's a mashup of Biden being Biden at Thursday's swearing-in ceremonies in the Senate (courtesy of the good folks at TPM).

The ceremonies ran for nearly an hour and a half, and Biden seemed to love every minute of it.

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Democrats' 2016 field has a strong East Coast flavor

Democrats' 2016 field has a strong East Coast flavor

For all the guff Republicans get about being an increasingly regional party, it's Democrats whose potential 2016 presidential field lacks geographical diversity.

Almost all of the (very) early frontrunners for the Democratic nomination four years from now hail from the East Coast -- or more specifically, from the Mid-Atlantic north.

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Vice President Biden's Parks and Recreation' cameo (VIDEO)

VicePresident Joe Biden made a brief appearance on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" during Thursday night's episode, playing himself.

It's not the first time Biden has done TV. He also appeared on the PBS children's geography game show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" in 1993.

Check out the full clip from Thursday night's show below.

Joe Biden’s greatest (and not-so-greatest) debate hits

Joe Biden’s greatest (and not-so-greatest) debate hits

It’s no secret that Vice President Joe Biden has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth. And looking ahead to Thursday’s debate, one of the big questions has to be whether Biden will steal the spotlight for saying something controversial.

But before looking forward, it’s worth looking back at Biden’s previous debate performances — of which there are plenty to choose from. There are moments Biden can reflect on with pride, and others he might want to forget. Below is our rundown of his five most memorable debate moments (and for more on Biden’s debate tendencies, check out this video from the Post’s Karen Tumulty): 

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Paul Ryan: Base hero? Swing voter magnet? Both?

Paul Ryan: Base hero? Swing voter magnet? Both?

Welcome mats are still out for Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in marquee swing states, according to a trio of Washington Post polls. But the polls in Florida, Ohio and Virginia find Ryan is better positioned than Biden to energize activists and woo persuadable voters. 



Biden’s jocular image has earned the vice president a net positive reaction: About half of voters in Florida, Ohio and Virginia have favorable views of him, while negative ratings sit in the low 40s. Ryan is less well known, but his ratings in these states also tilt positive with slightly more offering favorable than unfavorable reviews. Ryan’s lack of familiarity signals an opportunity to make a good first impression, and one that is less open to Biden after four years in office.

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Biden’s (kind of) unprecedented party-crashing mission in Tampa

Vice President Biden’s unprecedented planned visit to Tampa during the Republican National Convention there next week is causing a big stir and apparently surprising a lot of people.

But it probably shouldn’t.

Biden’s visit represents merely that latest ratcheting up in a behind-the-scenes campaign practice known as “bracketing.”

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Rudy Giuliani: Biden’s a joke

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) suggested Sunday that his previous criticism of Vice President Biden might have been a little over the top, but reiterated that he has real concerns about Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail and labeled the vice president “a joke.”

“Joe’s a laugh riot on Jay Leno; he’s not a vice president,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Press Pass.” “He’s a joke.”

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Rick Santorum says Biden played the ‘race card’

Rick Santorum says Biden played the ‘race card’

Top Mitt Romney surrogate Rick Santorum said Sunday that Vice President Biden was “playing the race card” when he said last week that Republicans want to deregulate Wall Street and put people “back in chains.”

Biden’s comment, made in front of a southern Virginia audience that included many African-Americans, has drawn fire from Republicans who say it was racially insensitive.

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Biden: Romney’s approach to financial regulation will ‘put y’all back in chains’

Biden: Romney’s approach to financial regulation will ‘put y’all back in chains’

Campaigning in southern Virginia on Tuesday, Vice President Biden told an audience that Mitt Romney’s approach to regulatingthe financial industry will “put y’all back in chains,” a remark that triggered a flurry of Republican criticism, includinga sharp rebuke from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

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Biden: Romney’s approach to financial regulation will ‘put y’all back in chains’

Biden: Romney’s approach to financial regulation will ‘put y’all back in chains’

Campaigning in southern Virginia on Tuesday, Vice President Biden told an audience that Mitt Romney’s approach to regulating the financial industry will “put y’all back in chains,” a remark that triggered a flurry of Republican criticism, including a sharp rebuke from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

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Biden’s star turn at NAACP

The nation’s first black president has a secret weapon when it comes to turning out black and Latino votes: An old white guy.

Vice President Biden, for the second time in three days, delivered a stemwinder in front of a group of minority voters that had the crowd eating it up. On Tuesday, it was his keynote address to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas, and on Thursday it was his speech in front of the NAACP convention in Houston.

Biden’s rapport with the NAACP crowd was evident from the outset Thursday. He began things by noting that he was a lifetime member of the group, was once the “only white guy on the east side,” and giving a shout-out to an NAACP official he affectionately called “Mouse.”

From there, he pivoted between talking about the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden, Republican obstructionism, Obama’s health-care law and Republican efforts on Voter ID.

By the end of the speech, Biden could feel the moment.

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“So Joe Biden says to Karl Rove...”: A Fix caption contest

One image from today’s unveiling of the official portrait of former President George W. Bush at the White House really caught our eye. It was of Vice President Joe Biden leaning back in his seat to say something to Republican political svengali Karl Rove.

Here’s the photo as captured by Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura:

While we probably won’t ever know what was said between the two men, we political junkies can imagine. In the comments section below, offer your best caption for the photo above. (Let’s keep it PG-13 if at all possible.)

We’ll sort through them at the end of the day and pick a winner. If that’s you, we’ll ship you an official Fix t-shirt. Yes, an official one.

Caption away!

Joe Biden, gay marriage and 2016

Joe Biden, gay marriage and 2016

Opinion varies about why Vice President Joe Biden seemed to endorsed gay marriage during an appearance last Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

Was this Biden being Biden, a politician with a penchant for speaking off the cuff doing just that? Was it an authorized trial balloon directed by the White House to test reaction to President Obama coming out in favor of gay marriage? Or, most deliciously, was this Biden acting alone — but not by accident — in an attempt to bolster his 2016 prospects?

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What Joe Biden can do for Barack Obama

What Joe Biden can do for Barack Obama

Joe Biden is the Rodney Dangerfield of modern American politics.

Republicans mock his tendency toward verbal excess while many Democrats pine for him to be replaced as the vice presidential nominee in 2012 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (For the billionth time: That ain’t happening.)

But, to assume Biden is simply a bit player as President Obama ramps up his 2012 re-election bid is to drastically underestimate the role he is, can and almost certainly will play in helping to shape the race.

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Hillary Clinton for vice president: The rumor that just won’t die

On Wednesday night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to talk about the various threats that face the United States across the globe .. and whether she is going to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the national ticket in 2012.

Here’s the exchange:

BLITZER: “If the president of the United States says, ‘Madame Secretary I need you on the ticket this year in order to beat Romney,’ are you ready to run as his vice presidential running mate?”
CLINTON: “That is not going to happen. That’s like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said, ‘Are you ready to run the marathon would you accept.’ Well, it is not going to happen.”

So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?!

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