Could Joe Biden Defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential Nomination?

National Journal

How likely is it that Joe Biden could defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination?


Very likely: 3%
Likely: 6%
Unlikely: 39%
Very unlikely: 52%


"Especially if Hillary skips Iowa, foreshadowing wholesale vs. retail politics."


"The outcome of a Joe-versus-Hillary contest seems clear, but somehow the race will become more complicated. There could be both generational and/or ideological challenges."

"The basic dynamic would have to change due to some major event."

"I never underestimate the ability of the Clinton folks to misread the primaries, but Biden has never been known for his campaign acumen either."

"Unlikely that he could win, but he deserves the chance if he wants to."

"It's been a good ride, but the Hillary Train is already picking up steam and won't be stopped."

"If HRC treats it as a coronation, he may look like a better alternative."

"You didn't offer an additional choice, which is actually the one that is closest to the truth: Who could possibly know?"

Very unlikely

"Biden lacks the depth of support to give Hillary a real run."

"If she is beaten, it won't be by someone of her generation."

"Republicans advance like the Rotary Club. Democrats like a scrap, but this scrap isn't going to happen."

"History has shown us that a cup of this Joe gets cold in a hurry."

"There is literally no chance."

"It's Hillary's office to win. How can Biden, as good as he is, win when Hillary will get 90 percent of the women voters?"

"He's run many times before, never with any success with voters or funders."

"Hillary Clinton is as close to a consensus presidential nominee as there has been within either party in a long time."


How likely is it that Joe Biden could defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination?


Very likely: 1%
Likely: 8%
Unlikely: 33%
Very unlikely: 58%

Very likely

"No one in D.C. believes this, but the Benghazi story will ultimately come out, and it will be enough to keep Hillary from running."


"If Biden can get the Obama database, he will have a real leg up on the entire field."

"Hillary was a shoo-in in 2008 as well."


"Elizabeth Warren is a greater threat."

"There appears to be strong residual loyalty to Hillary among establishment Democrats, which probably trumps the affection that this same group holds for Biden."

"Hard to see Biden as the real Hillary alternative."

"They like him, but not as president."

"He was just sane enough to get the VP nod, so who knows?"

Very unlikely

"Clinton has more baggage than generally thought, but malaprop Joe would be no match."

"Clinton is beatable, but not by Biden. He's just too goofy."

"Biden is even more yesterday's story than the Clintons."

"There will rise up some new shiny face to eclipse the aged and shopworn Hillary, but it isn't Joe Biden."

"People are being polite to him these days, but they will get blunt if needed: Retire, Joe."

"The problem the Dems have is that they must nominate an African-American or a woman. No more old white guys."

"Joe would be lucky to win Scranton, Pa."

"Next question."

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