Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 8, 2016

Posts in "Joseph Biden"

November 5, 2015

Coasting to Victory: D.C. Bar Handicapping Presidential Race

Coasters featuring political figures such as Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, center, are being offered at the Off the Record bar in the Hay Adams Hotel. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Coasters featuring political figures such as former Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, center, are being offered at the Off the Record bar in the Hay Adams Hotel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No matter their standing in the latest polls, every White House hopeful is virtually guaranteed to soak up some attention at D.C.’s historic Off the Record bar.

The fabled watering hole, which is just a hop, skip and a jump (stumble?) from the Oval Office, intends to handicap the upcoming presidential race by keeping tabs on which signature drink coasters — the extra-long faces of many those vying to be commander-in-chief grace the limited-edition series — customers routinely snatch up before rolling home.

Full story

October 21, 2015

Fellow Democrats: There’s No Silencing Joe Biden

US President Barack Obama (L) looks on as US Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on October 21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Biden announced that he is not running for president. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden announces that he won’t run for president as his boss listens. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

It is no surprise Vice President Joseph R. Biden is vowing to be “forcefully” vocal in the 2016 presidential campaign even though he won’t be candidate, Democratic lawmakers say.

But one senior Republican doubts Biden will be much of a factor in the race.

Full story

Biden: Window for Presidential Bid Has Closed (Video)

US President Barack Obama (L) looks on as US Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on October 21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Biden announced that he is not running for president. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden vowed “not [to] be silent during the presidential campaign. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced Wednesday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president, immediately removing a major threat to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Biden, flanked by President Barack Obama and his wife, Jill, said he believed the window to do the many things to run for president “has closed.” Biden said he concluded that while he and his family were mourning his son Beau, who died in May.

Full story

October 20, 2015

Biden Was Against bin Laden Raid Before He Was for It

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: Vice President Joe Biden participates is discussion as part of a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, October 20 2015. The event was part of day long series of talks about policy and the vice presidency hosted by GW and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Despite others’ accounts that Biden opposed the bin Laden raid, the vice president said he advised Obama in private to proceed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered an account Tuesday of his advice to President Barack Obama before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from his previous remarks.

Biden’s recollection spilled over to the White House’s daily briefing, and offered a clear example of how his off-the-cuff style could stir up the 2016 race — and undercut his potential candidacy. Full story

Biden Touts Resume, but Doesn’t Tip His Hand

mondale_tribute002_102015

Biden appeared at a forum examining Mondale’s tenure as vice president. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden uttered nary a word about seeking the Democratic nomination for president during a Tuesday morning forum, but he trumpeted several key parts of his resume that could set him apart from the field.

Biden was on stage for about an hour at George Washington University, less than one mile from the Oval Office. A capacity crowd filled a GWU auditorium in anticipation for what one audience member was heard describing as “the big announcement.” Full story

October 14, 2015

Analysts: Clinton Commanding in First Democratic Debate

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Clinton answers a question while Sanders, left, and O’Malley listen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showed that 2008 helped Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2015.

The experience the former first lady, senator and secretary of State gained debating Barack Obama in their race then gave her a command of the stage Tuesday her four opponents couldn’t match. Full story

August 27, 2015

Former Senate Colleagues Could See Biden as President

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rare is the senator who hasn’t praised Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s character.

But how do the senators who served with him reflect on Biden as a politician, and how do they feel he would perform as a commander in chief?

Full story

September 24, 2014

Joe Biden to California for Democratic House Hopeful

Biden will make a campaign stop in California next month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will make a campaign stop in Bakersfield, Calif., on Oct. 7 to campaign for Amanda Renteria, a former Senate chief of staff and top Democratic recruit this cycle.

Biden’s visit to the Central Valley, which Renteria announced on Facebook, will come less than a month before Election Day, when the Democrat will face off against freshman Republican Rep. David Valadao. Democrats are hoping the vice president’s appearance will gin up excitement for the contest and motivate the base to turn out.

The district voted for President Barack Obama by an 11-point margin in 2012, making it a top pick-up target for Democrats this year.

Full story

April 29, 2013

Biden Needles Graham: ‘I Will Rip Your Skin Off’ #SCsen

Graham is up for re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered Sen. Lindsey Graham his support for re-election — including a pledge to “rip your skin off for you” if it helps the South Carolina Republican’s 2014 prospects.

“I told him I’ll come to South Carolina and campaign for him or against him, whichever will help the most — I know which it’ll be,” Biden said at an April 26 forum hosted by The McCain Institute for International Leadership. “I’m going down there to to the JJ next weekend, Lindsey, and I assure you I will rip your skin off for you, and I expect a thank-you note.”

Full story

March 25, 2013

South Carolina: 2016 Courtship Boosts Colbert Busch in Special Election

O'Malley visited South Carolina this weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three years before the South Carolina presidential primary, prospective presidential candidates are courting first-in-the-South Democratic activists — and, in one case this weekend, boosting a long-shot special-election House candidate.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley spent the weekend making overtures to the Palmetto State’s Democratic establishment.

On March 23, O’Malley name-dropped Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s campaign for the 1st District special election in his keynote speech to the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Issues Conference. He noted that his daughter, a College of Charleston student, is one of her volunteers, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

That same day, CNN reported that Biden will attend a fundraising dinner for the South Carolina Democratic Party just days before the May 7 special election — although Biden will not visit the coastal 1st District.

“The vice president will not be coming to the 1st District while he is in the Palmetto State, and Elizabeth will be totally involved campaigning in the 1st District while he is in town,” a spokesperson for Colbert Busch said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...