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副总统拜登引猜疑 或将竞选下届美国总统

2013-09-16    来源:每日邮报    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Isn't it a little early to be kissing babies, Joe? Biden sparks presidential campaign rumors at Iowa appearance

Joe Biden was at Senator Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser

The vice president gave a campaign-style speech at the event

Political pundits are speculating that the appearance is an indication Biden plans to run for president in 2016

Biden hasn't said whether or not he plans to run - but Hillary

Vice President Joe Biden has sparked rumors of presidential aspirations by delivering a campaign-style speech in Iowa, the first voting state in the presidential primary process.

Most Democrats are watching former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for hints about her 2016 plans, but Biden has neither confirmed nor denied his intentions to run.

The vice president's appearance at Iowa's 36th annual 'Tom Harkin Steak Fry' fundraiser may one day be viewed as a telling sign of his presidential intentions.

The Democratic fundraiser, named for the veteran senator from Iowa, is closely watched in this Midwestern state, which helps winnow out the crop of presidential contenders every four years leading up to the Iowa caucuses, the first voting event of each presidential cycle.

Addressing the crowd at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Biden mentioned 2016 in a sideways fashion, making light of the national media presence that showed up for the event.

'It's amazing when you come to speak at the steak fry, a whole lot of people seem to take notice. I don't know why the hell that is,' Biden joked, acknowledging the event's importance.

'You've attracted the entire national press corps here.'

The 70-year-old Biden has left open the possibility of a run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in order to get a chance to succeed President Barack Obama.

Many in Washington believe Biden won't run if Clinton does, and she is making a regular series of public appearances that could easily be interpreted as setting the stage for a campaign.

Clinton is considered the frontrunner for the Democrats, with Biden a distant second.

In his speech, Biden extolled Obama's leadership, defending his handling of the economy and the crisis over Syria's chemical weapons. He also gave himself a bit of credit for being part of the team.

Obama, said Biden, reduced the national debt by $2.5 trillion 'and in the process we've created 2.5 million new jobs. But folks, there's a lot more we have to do.'

Biden also tweaked Russian President Vladimir Putin for a New York Times opinion article last week in which he criticized Obama for praising 'American exceptionalism.'

'It's always been the story... of the journey of this country that the American people have been ahead, and I know I've been criticized for saying this, but I'll say it again: That's what makes America exceptional,' said Biden.

Putin helped reach a deal to gain control of Syria's chemical weapons, Biden said, 'not because he's a good guy, [but] because of naked self-interest.'

Harkin told reporters last Thursday that Biden could find 'fertile ground' in Iowa should he choose to run in 2016, but did not predict whether Clinton or Biden would prevail.

'They're both well liked in Iowa. There's no doubt about that. But you know there's a lot of time between now and 2015 when things really start to move,' the senator said.

Obama himself refused to be drawn into discussion of his successor in an interview broadcast on Sunday on ABC's This Week.

'What I would say to folks out there is we are tremendously lucky to have an incredible former secretary of state who couldn't have served me better, and an incredible vice president who couldn't be serving me better,' he said.

Betty Byrd, 87, of Boone, Iowa, has supported Biden 'from way back' in 1987. She supported Biden in the 2008 Iowa caucuses and would support him again if Biden runs in 2016.

'He says all the right things,' Byrd said of Biden.

'Even though he's getting older, that's not going to slow him down... He can handle everything.' (每日邮报)

相关介绍;

美国副总统拜登近日在一场慈善募捐上发表了一番竞选风格似的演讲,引发猜疑他或将竞选下届美国总统。

此番演讲是在爱荷华州发表的,该州是美国总统初选过程的第一站。而该慈善募捐则被认为是筛选总统候选人的前哨战。

拜登在演讲中承认了该募捐活动的重要性,但只是间接提到了2016年的总统选举。另外,他高度赞扬了奥巴马的领导力,为其在经济和对叙利亚化学武器问题上的做法做辩护,但同时也将部分成就归功于他自己。

目前,前国务卿希拉里•克林顿被认为是民主党的下届总统第一候选人,而拜登远居其后。很多人认为如果希拉里决定竞选,拜登就不会参选。

而奥巴马则不愿谈论自己的接班人。他在周日的一档电视节目上说:“能有一个最好的前国务卿和一个最好的副总统,我们深感幸运”。



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