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January 23, 2013

Biden meets with Dems, stoking 2016 speculation

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On Tuesday afternoon, Biden met with members of the Democratic National Committee at a private reception after a DNC meeting, where delegates unanimously re-elected Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to another term as chairman. A frequently played campaign theme song, REO Speedwagon’s “Roll with the Changes,” could be heard from outside the room and attendees said Biden thanked them for their work during the campaign and offered an upbeat assessment of the second term.

If Clinton decides not to run, Biden could draw upon good will from party activists, an ability to connect with regular folks and extensive campaigning in key states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Ohio. But he would also need to deal with personal poll numbers that rank below Obama’s and a propensity to commit foot-in-mouth moments in an era where political gaffes can quickly sink a campaign.

New Hampshire state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, who was among the attendees at Biden’s Sunday reception, said it was “early to read into” Biden’s interest in 2016. But said there was “huge support” in the key primary state.

“He’s deeply admired and loved in New Hampshire,” Clark said. “Clearly Joe Biden occupies a key place in our hearts.”

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