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Biden meets with AFL-CIO's Trumka as he weighs 2016 run

Biden meets with AFL-CIO's Trumka as he weighs 2016 run

Election Labor Pulse

By Edward-Isaac Dovere for Politico

Continuing his consideration of a 2016 run, Vice President Joe Biden had AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka over for lunch Thursday at the Naval Observatory, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Biden has been actively engaged in sounding out a late entry into the Democratic primary race — saying Wednesday on a call with Democratic National Committee members that he is trying to sort out whether he and his family have the “emotional fuel” to go forward, all while encouraging a small circle of advisers to actively explore the intricacies of a run.

And Biden’s been having some of those conversations himself, including a similar lunch with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at his official residence at the Naval Observatory on Saturday. If he were to run, Biden would try to position himself as a center-left alternative to Hillary Clinton, and Warren’s support would be key to that. So would the support of organized labor, which Biden has worked with extensively over the years.

 

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