Along with sympathy and encouragement in the wake of his son’s death, the vice president is hearing calls to run.
Thursday’s candidate debate will start to define the party as much as it begins to find a nominee.
One adviser likens it to a NASCAR driver preparing for a race knowing one of the drivers will be drunk.
The reception for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders points to widespread voter dissatisfaction — economic, racial or cultural — that knows no ideological boundaries.
Stressing fiscal conservatism and social welfare compassion, the governor hopes to vault into contention.
He has nearly twice the backing of his nearest rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, though support fell sharply after the mogul slammed Sen. John McCain’s war record.
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The Sanders team seeks a path to success, however narrow, against formidable opposition.