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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2016 Speculation

USA Today reports:
Long-time Obama political adviser David Axelrod predicted that the former secretary of state would be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, though he left the door open for a campaign by Vice President Joe Biden.

"I think that Hillary Clinton probably will be the candidate," Axelrod said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "If she doesn't run, I think Biden will run."
That tracks with the conventional wisdom: Biden will run only if Clinton chooses not to.

As we noted yesterday, Biden told GQ magazine he has yet to decide about 2016:

"The judgment I'll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now? Do I feel this? Number two, do I think I'm the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we'll see where the hell I am."
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be traveling to Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, in August.

The North Iowa Democrats said today she’ll be the keynote speaker for the 10th Anniversary North Iowa Wing Ding Fundraiser at the Surf Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., according to a post on the Iowa Democratic Party’s Facebook page.

Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota, is one of the Democrats who has been identified as a possible 2016 presidential candidate – if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run.

She will be the first Democratic possible 2016′er in Iowa since the 2012 election.

During the festivities for President Barack Obama’s second inaugural, Klobuchar stopped by an Iowa bash in Washington, D.C. And during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. she popped in at the Iowa Democrats’ breakfast tent for a short get-to-know-you speech to activists.

Past Wing Ding speakers include John Edwards in 2006 and Barack Obama in 2007.