'Draft Biden' Super PAC Releases First Ad

And it's quite personal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2015 12:09 PM CDT

There exists a super PAC whose sole purpose is to convince Joe Biden to run for president, and it released its first ad Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports. "My Redemption" features 90 seconds of the VP's 2015 commencement address at Yale as images of him and his family scroll by; Biden tells the story of losing his wife and baby girl in a 1972 car crash. "The incredible bond I have with my children is the gift I’m not sure I would have had, had I not been through what I went through," he says. "But by focusing on my sons [Beau and Hunter survived the accident], I found my redemption." The ad, a six-figure buy that a Draft Biden spokesperson says will air nationally in all cable markets, ends with the simple text plea: "Joe, run."

Should Biden decide to run (there's already a spot for him at the first Democratic debate), sources tell New York that Hillary Clinton will be ready. Pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record (which is coordinating with Clinton's campaign) is leading an opposition research effort, the sources say, digging up dirt from Biden's time in office. Among the things Clinton might use against him: Biden's links to Wall Street and his lack of enthusiasm for the Osama bin Laden raid. "Even implicitly, [Biden's] campaign’s argument would be 'I have integrity and you don’t,'" a Clinton ally tells the magazine. "If that’s the message, this could be messier than Obama-Clinton '08. ... [Biden] is older than [Clinton] is and just as conventional." (There's a rumor going around that Biden leaked his son's dying wish.)

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