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Draft Biden group launches national TV ad

With speculation reaching a fever pitch over whether Vice President Joe Biden will jump into the 2016 presidential race, the national organization seeking to draft him has released its first national television ad.

Draft Biden says the ad “will run on national cable with a six-figure buy.”

Conceived and produced by one of President Obama’s lead media consultants, Mark Putnam (who also worked on Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1987), the ad aims to parlay Biden’s personal tragedies and hopes for the future – as described during a Yale University commencement address – into a sense of authenticity and likeability that many believe current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton lacks.

Biden is rumored to be ready to make a decision this weekend or early next week, Politico has reported. The Democratic presidential candidates’ first televised debate is scheduled for Tuesday night in Las Vegas; the criteria announced by CNN would let Biden participate even if he declares candidacy earlier that same day.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Gee, what a dilemma! Crazy Uncle Joe, Goofy Bernie or Hellary the liar.

    The mind boggles.

  • JohnW

    If either Hillary or Biden is nominated, many Dems will realize that neither one is perfect. But that won’t make them vote of Marco or Ben or Carly or Ted. I’m loving the emerging exchange between JEB and his former understudy, Marco.

  • JohnW

    Hillary had a fantastic appearance on the Saturday Night Live season opener this past weekend. Kind of made me like her again. Then, today, she comes out against Obama’s Pacific trade deal, a deal she helped organize while Secretary of State. I may just have to write in my own name in 2016 to vote for somebody I like!