Despite his numerous gaffes and blunders, Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly “the most aggressive” in trying to convince top liberal donors that he would be the best alternative to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.
“He is the most aggressive in making the case for why it should be him, as opposed to her,” a fundraiser told Politico in an article about rich liberal donors who are skeptical of Hillary Clinton.
Top donors have reportedly indicated that Biden “often leaves little doubt about his own presidential ambitions and is not shy about comparing his prospects to Clinton’s.”
Biden has had to apologize for a flurry of gaffes over the last two weeks. Most recently, he apologized to Middle Eastern leaders for publicly saying that they helped finance radial Islamic groups like ISIS. The White House on Monday, though, stood by Biden as “somebody who has enough character to admit when he’s made a mistake.”
Biden has also jumped ahead of President Barack Obama on gay marriage and immigration. His public revelation that he was for same-sex marriage in a 2012 Meet The Press appearance prompted the Obama administration to scramble and ultimately forced Obama to announce his evolution on the issue sooner than the White House wanted to during a reelection year.
As Breitbart News reported, “during a commencement address in Miami, Florida in May, Biden said that it was only a matter of time before the Obama administration unilaterally stops deportations” before Obama announced his intentions to enact executive actions on immigration. Biden also “said that he thought illegal immigrants are ‘already American citizens'” before he walked back those remarks.
In the RealClearPolitics average of the 2016 polls, Clinton is at 64.4 while Biden is at 11.2.