- White House: Obamacare didn’t matter in Florida special election
- Last laugh: Marine vet fires off jokes from the grave with own obituary
- Gas blast destroys 2 N.Y. buildings; 6 people dead
- Suspected drunken driver kills 2 at South by Southwest festival, police say
- Student protester shot, killed amid Venezuela unrest
- ‘Between Two Ferns’ director rushes to Obama’s defense, blasts O’Reilly
- Marine springs into action, runs down and tackles alleged Boston purse snatcher
- Education Department botching loan-amnesty program: GAO review
- Snowden: NSA uses fake Facebook to hack into users’ computers
- Tearin’ up my tweet: ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass promotes wrong Obamacare website
Biden subtly courting Hispanics for 2016
Vice President Joseph R. Biden's choice of Supreme Court justice to swear him into office — Justice Sonia Sotomayor — has fueled rumors of a 2016 presidential run, as analysts guess he was subtly courting the Hispanic vote.
The crowd cheered at Mr. Biden selection; Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic in the nation to issue the oath. But on top of that, Mr. Biden made a surprise appearance at the Latino Inaugural Gala on Sunday evening.
"One thing that happened this election," Mr. Biden said at the gala, according to ABC, "you spoke. You spoke in a way that the world — and I mean the world as well as the United States — could not fail to hear. The fact that the Hispanic and Latino community in this country was such a decisive voice in turning out in this election was noticed by the whole hemisphere. I think you underestimate your power."
Ed Rendell, a past Democratic National Committee chairman and former Pennsylvania governor, noticed the outreach to Hispanics.
"It's never a waste of time to build relationships," Mr. Rendell said in a WSJ.com report. "And if Joe Biden were to run for president, some of these early contacts may prove very useful for him."
Other clues of Mr. Biden's White House aspiration: On election Day in November, Mr. Biden dismissed that idea that he was casting his last ballot for himself. And at Saturday's Iowa State Society inauguration ball, he referred to himself as president.
"I am proud to be president of the United States, but I am prouder — " he flubbed then, before correcting his title to vice president, according to several media reports.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ben Carson: America's now 'very much like Nazi Germany'
- GOP takes aim at Texas with new PAC to woo females
- Joe Scarborough on mid-terms: Democrats should be worried
- Obama to order businesses to hike overtime pay for salary workers
- 'Shut up your mouth, Obama' video goes viral from Egypt
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
- Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report
- GOP bill tries to pull courts into fight with Obama on executive power, enforcing laws
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Military families would take a $5,000 hit in benefits with Obama budget
- Inside the Beltway: A new interest in Rahm Emanuel for 2016?
- John Kerry says any resumption of aid to Egypt would depend on reforms in Cairo
- NRA shirt gets N.Y. high school student suspended
- Brennan: Russia 'absolutely' could invade eastern Ukraine
- Dog left in car blasts horn for 15 minutes
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again