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Popular Biden ponders a presidential bid as Hillary loses ground to her rivals

Niall O'Dowd

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Joe Biden, pictured hugging his son Beau at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, is considering a presidential bid for the Democrats as Hillary Clinton has been losing ground in the polls to Republican rivals.
Joe Biden, pictured hugging his son Beau at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, is considering a presidential bid for the Democrats as Hillary Clinton has been losing ground in the polls to Republican rivals.

As he huddles with his family in South Carolina this week, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be asking himself one pertinent question about a possible bid for the White House: 'If not me, who?'

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With Hillary Clinton slipping in polls everywhere and the self-inflicted wounds of her State Department emails now the subject of an FBI investigation, there is suddenly a dreaded scenario opening up for Democrats who thought her home and hosed just a few months ago: What if her campaign falls apart?

It is not as if it hasn't happened before. In 2008 she was the overwhelming favourite until an inspirational figure called Barack Obama emerged and defeated her with consummate ease. Horrendous infighting and a lack of leadership doomed the SS Hillary the last time. Could the ship founder again?

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