- - Monday, September 17, 2012

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. gave himself a little pat on the back today during a campaign stop in Muscatine, Iowa.

He may not have been much of a presidential candidate — he lost both times he ran in 2007 and 1988 — but he’s a heck of a No. 2.

“You know, there’s only a few people, including Iowans, who have been to all 99 counties,” he told a group of women during a stop at a farmers’ market. “I’m one of them. All you got to do is run for president and you’ll be in all 99 counties.”

But, he admitted to having a hard time collecting votes during all of that stumping.

“I spent 120 days in Iowa,” he said, referring to his effort to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2007 before dropping out Jan. 3, 2008. “You saw how effective I am. You know what I mean? But I’m a good vice president.”

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Trump hints that Romney team may be lacking

One-time possible presidential candidate Donald Trump had some harsh words for President Obama on Monday morning, but he didn’t hold back on Mitt Romney either, saying that given Mr. Obama’s performance on the economy and foreign policy, Republicans should be winning “in a landslide.”

“The Republicans are going to have to run much tougher and much harder — they cannot be put on the defensive,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox and Friends.” “You know, you have to say one thing about Obama — he’s got an amazing team of people around him.”

So, by that logic, are Mr. Romney’s people lacking?

“It’s too early to say,” Mr. Trump said. “All I know is this: The economy is horrible, he’s the worst president ever on foreign policy, everything is going bad, and he’s our ‘unlucky president.’ He’s unlucky for our country. Everything is turning bad for our country.”

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Warren overtakes Brown in Massachusetts Senate race

Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has made up serious ground and taken the lead in her race against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown, according to two recent polls.

The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released a poll Monday that shows Mrs. Warren with support from 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 46 percent for Mr. Brown. A poll last month by the firm showed Mr. Brown with a 5-point lead.

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