Transcript for Dick Harpootlian: 'This Country Needs Joe Biden'
There's Joe Biden at a 9/11 anniversary event this week. Biden publicly agonizing over whether to run for president and supporters are gearing up in case he says yes. We're joined now by a Biden friend and former chair of the South Carolina democratic party, dick harpootlian. Good morning, dick, I want to ask you right away, "The new York times" says vice president Biden looks like a man running for president and he was out there with firefighters and the crowds this week, but he does not sound like it. So, do you think he'll run? Well, I think it's difficult to tell, Martha. I do know this, I know this country needs Joe Biden. I know I have gotten dozens of calls since his appearance on "Colbert" the other night. With folks saying, if I communicate with him, let him know it's not just about winning the nomination for our party it's about moving this country in a positive direction. That Hillary Clinton can't do, that none of the republicans can do. So, this is a time, and I think -- my belief is, he will run, because he understands that he can put his personal grief aside and try to deal with the problems confronting every man and woman in this country, and your report just a moment ago, about refugees, let's think about this. Joe Biden, over a decade ago, proposed dividing Iraq into Sunnis, shiites and kurds provinces. If they followed his sad vice there would be no Isis. Today. Why would it be different today, and how does he do it this late in the game? I think doing it late in the game is the easiest questions. There are literally hundreds of folks in South Carolina, the third primary this week, just this week, over a dozen former legislators, the mayor of Charleston, have all urged him to get in the race and support him. We could put together an army of Biden supporters here in a short amount of time. There's no excitement about the Clinton campaign. There is huge excitement about Joe Biden's campaign. So, do you see the support that Biden is already getting him, more about him or more about Hillary Clinton's vulnerabilities. About him. But I must say, I have gotten calls from folks here in south Carolina who have publicly said that, for Hillary Clinton, they have grave doubts about her ability to win in November of 2016. Who indicated to me that, if Joe Biden gets in the race, they're coming to his side. Okay, thank you very much for joining us. Let's bring in the
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