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Biden Embraces Beltway Insider Role With Eye on 2016

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But four years is a long time — and that’s both good and bad for the vice president. It’s hard to envision the political taint of Washington will subside by 2016 — but it’s possible.

More important for Biden is the state of the economy. A robust recovery will cement his boss’s legacy and give him his best shot at the White House.

Once the economy is truly rebounding, voters might even find an inside-the-Beltway candidate more palatable.

“Who the hell says someone is running against Washington in 2016?” Pollock added. “These things run in cycles. If Joe Biden has the chance to do this thing, it’s on the back of economic recovery.”

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