By: Todd Beamon
An opposition research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been sifting through the record of Vice President Joe Biden to find attack lines in case he decides to take on the Democratic front-runner. The firm, Correct the Record, has been working for at least a month, New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports. The pro-Clinton super PAC was founded by longtime ally David Brock and is working with the former secretary of state’s campaign. Biden has not yet announced a decision on whether to run — and Clinton has not directly attacked the vice president, but the campaign is not taking any chances, according to Sherman. “Even implicitly his campaign’s argument would be ‘I have integrity and you don’t,'” a Clinton supporter told the magazine. “If that’s the message, this could be messier than Obama-Clinton ’08. “At least Obama had the Iraq War vote and could make a case about generational change,” the person added. “This guy” — Biden — “is older than she is and just as conventional.”
According to the magazine, Correct the Record has apparently found information on Biden’s ties to Wall Street, his reticence on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and his role in the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill saga when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the report. The Clinton campaign is particularly concerned about Biden stepping into the race because several recent polls show that he will draw support from Clinton, but not from her other rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. An WSJ/NBC poll released Sunday showed this trend. Clinton still leads in the Democratic contest in Iowa, but the poll shows she would suffer if Biden decides to run.
In New Hampshire, she is already behind Sanders and having Biden in the race only makes her fall that much more severe: In Iowa (without Biden): • Hillary Clinton: 47 % • Bernie Sanders 36% (With Biden) • Clinton 33% • Sanders 28% • Biden 22% In New Hampshire (without Biden): • Sanders 48% • Clinton 39% (With Biden) • Sanders 42% • Clinton 28% • Biden 18%