The White House said Monday it’s too early for Democrats to worry about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faltering presidential campaign.
“There are dangers with assuming the outcome of the race 15 months in advance,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “It’s rather early in the process.”
He said at the same stage of the 2008 presidential race, in August 2007, “it is fair to say there was not a ton of confidence in the likelihood” that then-Sen. Barack Obama would be elected president.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden is seriously considering a bid for the Democratic nomination, amid persistent and growing concerns in party circles about Mrs. Clinton’s vulnerability over the scandal of her private email server and other perceived weaknesses.
Mr. Biden had lunch at the White House with the president Monday, as they frequently do. Mr. Earnest said there is probably “no one in American politics today who has a better understanding” of what it takes to run for the presidency.
Mr. Biden has run for president twice before, bowing out early in both races after failing to gain much support.