Hillary Clinton’s sprawling operation is preparing to feed the press juicy, damaging story lines about Joe Biden — should the vice president join the race for the Democratic nomination.
That’s according to New York magazine, which reports that Hillary superfan David Brock, who leads an array of pro-Hillary organizations, has been stockpiling opposition research to take down candidate Biden.
Political campaigns will typically time the release of oppo-research to strategically damage their opponents’ credibility with voters. Campaigns don’t always take credit for releasing such research, either — with many choosing to quietly leak tips and research packets to individual reporters.
Brock’s super PAC, Correct The Record, is building files “on Biden’s ties to Wall Street; his reluctance to support the raid that killed Osama bin Laden; and his role in the Anita Hill saga as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” NYMag reports.
Brock, asked last week by Chicago Magazine about Biden’s chances of jumping in, said he didn’t think it would happen: “My gut is no.”
But, Brock said, if Biden “did get in it you would need to draw contrasts.”
“I don’t have a problem with that,” he said.
One of the more curious exchanges during Chicago Mag’s Brock interview came when he was asked whether he thought President Obama’s team has been pushing Biden to run.
“Actually, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know if they are or they are not,” Brock said, but, “I imagine there’s got to be some of that going on.”
Obama and Biden met for lunch at the White House Tuesday.