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Joe Biden: Hillary Clinton wouldn't deter him from running for president

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Vice President Joe Biden said he hasn't decided whether to run for president in 2016, but he insists that his decision does not hinge on whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enters the race.

“The only reason a man or woman should run for president, and I’m sure Hillary views it the exact same way, is if they think they’re better positioned to be able to do what the nation needs at the moment,” Biden recently told CBS News.

Biden said he'd decide whether to run again “later on down the road.”

“It’s too early to do that right now. I’ve got a job to do in the meantime,” said the vice president.

“And if I do the job well and decide to run for president it’ll help, if I do the job well and decide not to run for president, it won’t help, and if I don’t run for president it will all be OK,” Biden added.

Biden later told NBC News that in his “heart” he believed he could be a good president.

Clinton hasn't said whether she will run, but polls show her to be the far in the lead for the Democratic nomination if she enters the primaries.

Congressional Democrats are so eager for Clinton to run that 56 of them said they're ready to offer early endorsements, a survey conducted by The Hill newspaper found.

In contrast to 2008, no serious opponents have stepped up to challenge Clinton for the nomination in 2016.

 

FOLEY-MALLOY REMATCH ON TAP IN CONNECTICUT

Tom Foley, a Republican who lost his 2010 bid for governor of Connecticut, announced that he would run again, challenging the man who beat him, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Foley charged that Malloy has raised taxes to the point that they're now a drag on the state's economy.

“Many people are disappointed and unhappy with what's happening today in Connecticut," said Foley, a former ambassador to Ireland. “Jobs are still hard to find.”

Malloy has yet to announce whether he'll seek a second term. A Quinnipiac poll released last June showed Foley leading Malloy 43 percent to 40 percent.

 

TOM CORBETT STILL ONE OF NATION'S LEAST POPULAR POLS

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may be the unluckiest incumbent in the country this election season.

Only 23 percent of the state's residents believe Corbett, a Republican, is doing a good job and only about a quarter of them believe the state is headed in the right direction. That's worrisome news for the embattled governor's re-election prospects, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll.

Even among fellow Republicans, Corbett remains unpopular. Just 38 percent of them believe he's doing a good job and only about one in four say he deserves to be re-elected.

Unemployment and the economy continue to worry Pennsylvania voters, with 31percent listing it as their top concern. But education and school funding are their No. 2 concern, and Corbett has cut education funding. There was speculation that Corbett may actually announce a new school-funding plan in his upcoming State of the State address.

Eight Democrats have lined up to challenge Corbett in November.

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