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Councilman: Joe Biden's drive-by could cost D.C. support for 2016 bid

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When Vice President Joe Biden remained in his limousine near the District government's headquarters on Monday, he might have lost a few supporters.

In 2009, Biden won the affections of city leaders when he made a point of acknowledging the District as he walked part of the inaugural parade route, but this year, he remained in the vice presidential limousine.

And, according to one city lawmaker, that may hurt him if he decides to launch a presidential bid in 2016.

"I think Biden hurt his presidential chances in D.C. I think it was a pretty serious snub, considering last time he was out there for us," Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells said. "Expectations were high because he did it last time.

Wells said that while he wasn't personally angry, he was "disappointed."

But D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said he thought President Obama and Biden remained in their limousines while the motorcade traversed the Freedom Plaza segment of the route for security reasons, and he didn't fault the two men for not walking near the Wilson Building.

Biden's presidential aspirations have been a parlor game in Washington for years, but discussion has intensified in recent months as he has signaled he may choose to seek the presidency.

Biden told CNN in an interview that aired Monday that he hasn't made a decision about a 2016 campaign.

Biden has twice before run for the nation's highest office.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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