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« on: October 13, 2012, 05:35:12 pm »
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is Obama automatically obliged to support/campaign for Biden?
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 05:46:24 pm »
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Obama wins: doesn't care who the next Democratic nominee is

Obama loses: doesn't care who the next Democratic nominee is unless he decides to run again himself
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 07:00:53 pm »

No, not at all.  Obama won't endorse anyone in the 2016 primaries.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 09:01:40 pm »
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 09:19:20 am »
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Obama, in the words of one Democratic panjandrum, “couldn’t possibly be more disengaged from the question of party succession—he just doesn’t give a sh**t.”
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 12:10:46 pm »
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Presidents rarely get too involved in the succession process. If there's an open primary, than Obama would do more harm than good if he intervened. That would be especially the case if both Biden AND Clinton run. Both are members of his cabinet, and both would be entitled some degree of support. Therefore, he probably wouldn't give support to either candidate to prevent any sort of blowback from the other.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 12:47:43 pm »
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Presidents rarely get too involved in the succession process. If there's an open primary, than Obama would do more harm than good if he intervened.

when's the last time a sitting president did not endorse his VP?
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2012, 12:48:53 pm »
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wow it looks like Reagan did not until May 1988.

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/12/us/reagan-endorses-bush-as-successor.html

of course Obama will be thinking lucidly and making his own decisions.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2012, 06:07:47 pm »

wow it looks like Reagan did not until May 1988.

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/12/us/reagan-endorses-bush-as-successor.html

of course Obama will be thinking lucidly and making his own decisions.

1988 and 2000 are the only two examples you have under the modern primary system, where a sitting VP ran for president.  And in 2000, the entire party establishment was behind Gore, in a way that wouldn't happen with Biden.
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