Give it a go, Joe

2015-09-08 07:07
Jill Biden introduces her husband, US Vice President Joe Biden, at The White House Summit on Working Families, in Washington. (Charles Dharapak, AP File)

Jill Biden introduces her husband, US Vice President Joe Biden, at The White House Summit on Working Families, in Washington. (Charles Dharapak, AP File)

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Pittsburg - Hearing chants of "run Joe, run," Vice President Joe Biden marched in a parade marking the US holiday of Labour Day on Monday as speculation swirled about a potential late entry into the Democratic presidential campaign.

Biden is seriously considering one more run for the White House. His entry could jumble a Democratic contest that has seen front-runner Hillary Clinton's lead diminish in early voting states.

The vice president donned a black-and-gold United Steelworkers union hat and told hundreds of union members that the gap between the wealthy and poor was hurting Americans.

"The tax code's not fair. It's simply not fair," Biden said in a city long associated with organized labour. "The wealthy aren't paying their fair share. There used to be one America."

Biden later walked along the city's down town with a large contingent of steel workers, hearing encouraging words along the parade route.

"Give it a go, Joe!" shouted one woman.

Underscoring the volatile nature of the race, an NBC News poll released on Sunday showed long shot candidate Senator Bernie Sanders gaining an advantage over Clinton in the key state of New Hampshire, where Bill and Hillary Clinton have maintained deep ties during their political careers.

Biden has run for president twice before, including in 2008, when he was outpaced by Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Biden said last week he wasn't certain if he and his family had the "emotional energy" for another campaign.

When one man shouted that Biden should run for president, the vice president responded, "You gotta talk to my wife about that. I gotta talk to my wife about that." His wife, Jill Biden, is said to share some of her husband's misgivings about whether the family should pursue another presidential bid following the death of their 46-year-old son, Beau Biden.

An influential labour leader, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, said the vice president got a strong response from workers in the industrial city of Pittsburgh after walking the parade route with Biden.

"If you're looking for energy, this is a great place to get energy today," the labour leader said.

Read more on:    democratic party  |  bernie sanders  |  joe biden  |  us  |  us 2016 elections

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