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Friendly rivals, Biden and Clinton share spotlight

NEW YORK — One is a party luminary who draws intense political speculation wherever she goes. The other is the vice president of the United States, harboring his own higher ambitions. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Biden appeared together Wednesday in New York, an event putting on display the unusual dynamics between these two friends and sometime-rivals.

The likely subtext at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual awards ceremony, where Biden and Clinton honored citizens who tackle problems around the globe: whether either of them could someday win the ultimate prize they each sought in the past — the White House.

Biden, before presenting an award to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, acknowledged their friendship. "We miss you," Biden told Clinton from the podium. "I miss our Tuesday morning breakfasts."

Both have a base of loyal supporters encouraging them to run again, and neither has ruled it out. Until they each decide whether to run, such joint appearances will make for interesting political theater.

"It's like a Rorschach inkblot. People will read into it what they want to see," said Maria Cardona, who advised Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. "Most people would think, 'How uncomfortable must it be to be in the same room with them!' Probably not for them. It's a comfort, because they've already been in those roles before."

Friendly rivals, Biden and Clinton share spotlight 09/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:35pm]
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