Clinton eyes Biden for secretary of state
- Author: Archie Newman Oct 29, 2016,
Oct 29, 2016, 1:38
The consideration for the cabinet position Clinton once held could come as a surprise to Biden, who had yet to be told he was in the running, according to Politico, which first reported the news.
Over the past few weeks, Biden has been actively campaigning for the Democratic nominee and former secretary of state, alongside other key members of the Obama administration, including his wife Michelle Obama and the president himself.
Biden's name allegedly tops the list of internal candidates for the cabinet position for a Clinton White House.
At a rally in Geneva, Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee on Thursday (Oct 27) night addressed Mr Biden's remark last week that he would like to take Mr Trump "behind the gym" to punish him for videotaped remarks in 2005 in which Mr Trump boasted about groping women.
Biden has also already served the Clinton campaign in an global capacity, traveling to Latvia in August to reassure North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of America's partnership despite disparaging remarks by the Trump campaign.
News later confirmed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was considering Mr. Biden for the job. Biden has spent almost 44 years in Washington, with six terms in the Senate and then serving two terms as vice president under Obama, where he was also active in worldwide matters.
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Biden has already been doing a fair amount of diplomatic work lately, traveling to Latvia to reassure Baltic states that the U.S.is committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, despite what Donald Trump might say.
"He'd be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins", a source familiar with Ms Clinton's transition planning told Politico. He has said privately to the secretary of state, "John, remember Vietnam?"
With her win on November 8 looking increasingly likely, Hillary Clinton has been shifting her attention to solving America's "fun deficit" after this particularly disheartening election cycle.
According to Politico, the pair differed over leaving troops in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and whether to arm Syria's rebels and bomb Libya, with Clinton taking the more hawkish line in every case.
This time around the Clinton team is leaking that he could be up for secretary of state in a potential administration.
The Clinton campaign did not respond to several requests for comment.