What Can Joe Biden Learn From Five Pennsylvania Presidential Losers?

From left: James Buchanan, Arlen Specter, Joe Biden, Rick Santorum, William Scott Hancock.

From left: James Buchanan, Arlen Specter, Joe Biden, Rick Santorum, William Scott Hancock.

Pennsylvania has long been regarded as a kingmaker when it comes to presidential politics — we still get awarded “swing state” status by pundits even though it’s been a generation since the state swung to Republicans in a presidential election. But we do a lousy job of electing our own.

The only native of the Keystone State to actually win the presidency? James Buchanan. You might remember him from his stint as The Worst President in American History. (That tends to happen when you stand by and let the nation devolve into ugly, bloody Civil War.) As Joe Biden — Scranton native, longtime U.S. senator from neighboring Delaware (aka “Pennsylvania’s third senator“)  — contemplates his own run for the presidency, he might want to consider the woes that have befallen his predecessors.

Here are five notable Pennsylvanians who failed to win the White House: Read more »

Biden Pondering Presidential Run

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Vice President Joe Biden — the Scranton native and former longtime U.S. Senator from Delaware — is pondering a late entry into the 2016 presidential race, multiple reports say.

“Vice President Joe Biden met privately with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday in his residence at the Naval Observatory, CNN has learned, another sign he is seriously deciding whether to jump into the Democratic presidential race,” CNN reports. “Warren and Biden discussed economic policy during a meeting that lasted about two hours, a person familiar with the discussion told CNN, adding that the presidential campaign or Biden’s future was not a particular focus of the discussion.” Read more »

Obama to Deliver Beau Biden’s Eulogy

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President Obama, photo | Jeff Fusco. Beau Biden, photo | AP

 

President Obama will deliver Beau Biden’s eulogy at a Saturday funeral, officials have announced.

Biden, the former Delaware attorney general and son of Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, died over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer. Read more »

Beau Biden: What They’re Saying

Beau Biden speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The former Delaware attorney general died over the weekend. (AP Photo.)

Beau Biden, the former Delaware attorney general and son of Vice President Joe Biden, passed over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer. Flags are flying at half-staff in Delaware today. What they’re saying about Biden and his death: Read more »

Joe Biden’s Son Discharged From Navy For Cocaine Use

Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe, was discharged from the Navy earlier this year after failing a drug test for cocaine. Hunter Biden, a lawyer, was in a part-time position as an ensign in the Naval Reserves.

Biden actually came to the military incredibly late in life; he needed a waiver to be able to join the Navy because of his age (43) when he joined. He received a second waiver for an earlier drug-related incident; the Wall Street Journal reports these are relatively common. He was discharged in February of this year after his drug test came up positive.

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Jewish Group Calls Joe Biden Comment Offensive

The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for using the word “Shylocks” in a speech in Delaware. The portrayal of the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is considered antisemitic by many, and so using the word to mean a shady lawyer is generally best avoided.

Biden used “Shylocks” in a speech given at a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal assistance to those who can’t afford it. Per Politico, Biden spoke about his son Beau’s experience while in Iraq.

“People would come up to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” Biden said.

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Joe Biden Will Be in Philadelphia on the 4th of July

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia Friday for the annual “Celebration of Freedom,” part of the Welcome America celebration.

This year’s ceremony, which takes place in front of Independence Hall, will additionally commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. He’ll appear with Mayor Michael Nutter and other local luminaries.

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