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Joe Biden is Democrats' 2016 understudy, in the wings in case Hillary Clinton falters
Joe Biden is Democrats' 2016 understudy, in the wings in case Hillary Clinton falters

Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn't sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72. "What would drive me to do it would be if I thought that I could do it better than anybody else," he said in December. "I think this thing is wide open on both sides," he said in January. "That's a family, personal decision that I'm going to make sometime at the end of the summer," he told reporters in Iowa last month. After 46 years in politics, Biden's earned the...

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