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Harkin Says Biden Could Have a Shot in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa ( - Senator Tom Harkin says its too early to speculate about Vice President Joe Bidens presidential prospects in 2016. Biden will be the headliner at Harkins annual Steak Fry this Sunday.

Joe Bidens always had good support among Iowa Democrats. Hes very popular in a number of areas around the state, Harkin said Thursday during a conference call with Iowa reporters. He has a long history of working with Iowa Democrats, so I think that he would find how should I phrase it? fertile ground in Iowa if he should choose to run.

Harkins 2012 Steak Fry featured Maryland Governor Martin OMalley, one of the Democrats mentioned as a presidential hopeful for 2016, but Harkin told reporters he hasnt paid much attention to any political jockeying that may be going on for the next presidential race.

Obama just got reelected. Were in the first year of his second term, Harkin said, laughing. We ought to take a breather here, you know?

As they did six years ago, many Democrats argue Hillary Clinton has a clear path to the partys 2016 presidential nomination. Harkin himself did not endorse a candidate in 2008, but Ruth Harkin, his wife, campaigned extensively for and with Clinton in Iowa. Senator Harkin is reluctant to say who would prevail in a potential Hillary Clinton versus Joe Biden match-up in Iowas 2016 Caucuses.

Im just not going to speculate on that, Harkin said. Theyre both well liked in Iowa. Theres no doubt about that, but you know theres a lot of time between now and 2015 when things really start to move. Theres a lot of time, a lot of things can happen.

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