Biden fuels speculation with Florida trip – CNN
Biden will attend fundraiser to support Senate Dems
Beginning to ramp up public appearances as summer winds down
But his trip here Wednesday, the first since speculation began mounting that he’ll launch a late bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, has nonetheless touched off talk that he’s laying the groundwork for a campaign.
In Florida, he’ll tout administration education initiatives at Miami Dade College before attending a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of Miami developer Stephen Bittel. The event, which will go to support Senate Democrats mounting reelection bids, costs between $10,000 and $33,400 to attend, an official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said.
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who has endorsed Clinton in the Democratic primary, will also attend the fundraiser.
Nelson told the Palm Beach Post this week he didn’t expect Biden — with whom he served for years in the U.S. Senate — to enter the race.
“As long as Hillary has not fallen to all of this inquiry, and I think she will overcome this, under those circumstances I don’t think Joe will get into the race. That’s just my personal opinion,” Nelson told the newspaper.
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On Thursday, Biden will make the case for President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, trying to pitch Jewish leaders in South Florida at the invitation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. He’ll make a similar case at a Jewish community center in Atlanta on Thursday evening.
Next week, Biden will attend Labor Day celebrations in Pittsburgh alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, with whom he met at the Naval Observatory last week.
Trumka told reporters Tuesday he left the meeting unsure of whether Biden would jump into the race.
“Biden’s a good friend. He’s been a champion of working people,” Trumka said. “He would be a good candidate; he would be a good president.”
“He has to decide whether he’s got the full focus for that, he and his family,” he added.
As summer winds down, Biden is beginning to ramp up his public appearances after an August spent mostly behind closed doors.
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