VP Joe Biden meets key constituencies as 2016 presidential announcement anticipation grows
Vice President Biden takes shot at 2016 Republican presidential candidates
As potential 2016 presidential candidates posture to make a run, Vice President Joe Biden continues to network with key Democratic constituencies, including the LGBT, college, and civil rights communities. On Saturday, while attending a fundraiser in Dallas to benefit the Democratic Governorâ€™s Association, Vice President Joe Biden was also the keynote speaker for the Gill Foundationâ€™s OutGiving conference. The annual human rights conference is focused on philanthropic efforts to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Sunday, Vice President Biden was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s 60th annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit.
At the OutGiving conference, Vice President Biden took a shot at Republicans stating, â€œEleven years ago, discrimination against same-sex couples was considered really good politics,â€ reminding the audience that in 2004, the same year President George W. Bush was re-elected, eleven state ballot initiatives banning same-sex marriage passed.
While not overtly indicating any intentions on a presidential run, Vice President Biden pointed out that 2016 Republican presidential candidates are behaving differently on the issue now. â€œThink of the silence thatâ€™s going on among some of our â€” the candidates running for President,â€ Biden said,Â â€œI never thought Iâ€™d say silence is an improvement, but thatâ€™s a great improvement from that team.â€
At the NAACP dinner in Detroit, Vice President Biden chimed in on the national debate on policing happening around the nation. Vice President Biden promoted the importance of community policing strategiesÂ encouraging theÂ integralÂ process of law enforcement and their communities to improve relations between police and minorities.
“Number one, cops have a right to go home and see their families at night. And number two, everyone â€” regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status â€” has a right to be treated with dignity and respect,” said Biden, “And the only way that happens is if we see one another…and that only happens if we know one another.”
In light of the Vice Presidentâ€™s recent activities, William Pierce, Executive Director of Draft Biden 2016 stated, â€œJoe is doing what he is supposed to be doing: serving as Vice President. However I see it as major movement with the Vice President coming out and making strong statements on two crucial issues that will be at the forefront of the 2016 presidential debate.â€
Last month, Vice President Biden received the 2015 Green Jobs Champion Award from the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, which unites Americaâ€™s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations. Vice President Biden also spoke at the New Democrat Coalition PAC retreat in Cambridge, a group of 50 some members of Congress and traveled to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus to deliver a speech on the importance of preventing sexual assault on college campuses across the country.
â€œAlong with trips to Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this year, the Vice President is attending events with key Democratic constituencies, including the LGBT, college, and civil rights communities,â€ said William Pierce, Executive Director of Draft Biden 2016, â€œDespite other candidates announcing, the Draft Biden petition has garnered close to 30,000 signatures in just over a month. We at Draft Biden are working to ensure that once heÂ announces, the Vice PresidentÂ will have strong foundationsÂ in place in the early primary and caucus states.â€
About Draft Biden
Draft Biden 2016,Â aÂ SuperPACÂ organized to draft Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race, is spearheading the charge to help ensure that Vice President Biden has the necessary amount of support needed to be able to run for President in 2016.
Beginning last month with former staffers and campaign veterans, Draft Biden 2016 is pushing their online petition with supporters and allies. The petition has gathered close to 30,000 signatures so far.
The groupâ€™s future plans are to organize in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in anticipation of the Vice President entering the race.
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