Biden's Decision a Boon to Clinton

She's picked up new donors and endorsements.

Oct. 22, 2015, 8:55 a.m.

"In the span of eight days," former Secertary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) "went from a wobbly front-run­ner to the all-but-cer­tain win­ner of the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial primary. A comeback that began last week with a com­mand per­form­ance at the first Demo­crat­ic de­bate cres­ted Wed­nes­day with the sud­den news that" Vice President Joe Biden (D) "would not run for pres­id­ent. … [W]ithout the [his] can­did­acy, Clin­ton might not face an op­pon­ent with the stand­ing and ex­per­i­ence to plaus­ibly build a broad, win­ning co­ali­tion of sup­port­ers." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "has struggled to grow his base bey­ond a bloc of white, lib­er­al-lean­ing sup­port­ers who con­sti­tute big chunks of the Demo­crat­ic elect­or­ate in … Iowa and New Hamp­shire but a di­min­ish­ing share of the vote else­where." (Hotline reporting)

After Biden announced he would not run, top Clinton fundraisers said they've already started hearing from new donors. (Politico)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) announced he's endorsing Clinton. Markell would have backed a Biden campaign for president. (Wilmington News-Journal)

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, who also would have supported Biden, said he too is siding with Clinton. (release)

BENGHAZI PREP. When Clin­ton ar­rives on Cap­it­ol Hill" Thursday morning "for her testi­mony in front of the Benghazi Com­mit­tee, her four years as sec­ret­ary of State will be front and cen­ter. And, after spend­ing the early months of her can­did­acy stu­di­ously not men­tion­ing for­eign policy is­sues, Clin­ton’s cam­paign is OK with that. Just re­cently," she "has be­gun act­ively tout­ing her ten­ure as Amer­ica’s chief dip­lo­mat." (National Journal)

Four factors to watch: 1) A star­ring role for Clin­ton’s email serv­er? Or just a cameo? 2) Are new rev­el­a­tions about Benghazi in the off­ing? 3) A last hur­rah for Demo­crats? 4) Will either side provide a vir­al mo­ment? (National Journal)

Clinton has reviewed "broad themes, operational details and the innumerable emails related to the September 2012 attack on the United States Mission in Libya. But for all of ... Clinton’s mastery over the substance related to Benghazi, the hearing in many ways will amount to a test of patience and will: To succeed politically, she must remain calm, take every question seriously and avoid outbursts during what is expected to be a daylong appearance." (New York Times)

WEIGHING IN. ­Clinton voiced “ser­i­ous con­cerns” over recent health-insurer mergers, arguing they could raise mar­ket con­cen­tra­tion and reduce com­pet­i­tion.

“These mer­gers should be scru­tin­ized very closely with an eye to pre­vent­ing the un­due con­cen­tra­tion that they ap­pear to cre­ate,” Clin­ton said in a state­ment. “I am very skep­tic­al of the claim that con­sumers will be­ne­fit from them be­cause the evid­ence from care­ful stud­ies shows that too of­ten the com­pan­ies end up pock­et­ing profits rather than passing sav­ings to con­sumers.” (National Journal)

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