By Elizabeth Brenner
Joe Biden — who is he? He is the current vice president of the United States.
What does he stand for? …Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…I guess.
The truth is that outside of who he is, I do not know much about him, which is not a good thing if he might be running for president of the United States. A candidate needs a strong political identity so people can relate, support and ultimately vote for them.
Joe Biden has made headlines lately due to the rumors surrounding him about a possible presidential campaign. However, to be a serious contender for president, he has to stand out. The best way is to have a strong stance on issues.
I consider myself to be well-informed when it comes to politics and politicians, but I cannot think of anything that Biden has done to stand out as a separate politician from President Obama or stand out in general. Can you?
In fact, it seems as if Biden is the most discreet vice president in recent history.
Both Al Gore, vice president under Bill Clinton, and Dick Cheney, vice president under George W. Bush, were able to separate themselves both personally and politically from their presidents while still in office.
Gore was known for his stance on global warming, while Cheney publicly disagreed with some of Bush’s decisions, had strict conservative views and shot his friend in the face while quail hunting. For better or worse, the voters knew who the vice presidents were and what they did, especially towards the end of their two terms — the same cannot be said for Biden.
I can make an educated guess that he supports what the Democratic Party supports, as well as veterans affairs since his children served in the armed forces. However, guessing only counts when playing Battleship and not when deciding on who to vote for in a presidential primary election.
But all of this is moot if Biden decides not to run. Despite the fact that the next presidential primary is not until early 2016, Biden will have to start showing where he stands and be more vocal about his opinion on issues sooner rather than later if he hopes to be a real contender in the 2016 election.
But if he is going to run, he needs to announce it soon. Why? One reason is the fact that it takes time to gather the donations needed to finance a presidential campaign unless he has big donors such as Oprah or other billionaires who already told him they will donate big.
The second reason is that other presidential hopefuls are already making their marks. They have staff for their campaigns and are holding rallies and town halls. The first primary is in roughly five months. In that time, Biden will need to get a staff, donors, headquarters, offices in the big primary cities and make his stances and causes known.
The third and most important reason? He will have to wedge himself in between the Democrats that have already announced their candidacy: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb. If he cannot, then he will not find an audience to vote for him.
Will it be a good idea if Biden runs for president? Well, how can you vote for someone who does not seem to have a platform or an identity outside of the Obama administration? In other words, to have any chance of becoming the next president, Biden has to show the United States who he is.