With letter, Biden aide urges Dems not to count him out yet

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Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on April 9, 2015. (Photo: EJ Henderson/MGN)

By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as Democrats were starting to count him out, Joe Biden sent a clear signal through his political team that not only might he enter the presidential race soon, he has a strategy prepared that he thinks could win.

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After months of growing calls for him to run, the vice president’s tide began turning this week. The first Democratic debate softened concerns about front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton while obscuring any obvious rationale for Biden to run.

But in a letter to former Biden staffers late Thursday, one of Biden’s closest advisers traced the contours of the argument Biden would make, and suggested a decision could be imminent. Former Sen. Ted Kaufman said if Biden runs, it will be because of his “burning conviction” to restore opportunity to the middle class.

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