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Joe Biden to Visit Hartford, Stump for Candidates


By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Hartford Friday to campaign for a few Democratic candidates: Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Ned Lamont, Congressional Candidate Jahana Hayes and Incumbent U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.

The pre-election rally will be held at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy on Vernon Street. It is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Earlier this month, Biden endorsed Lamont, saying: “Ned Lamont has dedicated his life to making sure middle-class families have a fighting chance to get ahead and stay ahead. He’s a person of character and integrity, who is in the public arena to make a positive difference.”

In the latest poll, Lamont was almost tied with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Stefanowski. The Sacred Heart University and Hearst Media found that 39.5 percent of those polled favor Lamont and 36.1 percent favor Stefanowski. Independent Candidate Oz Griebel garnered 8.4 percent. And 14.8 percent of those polled were unsure.

Two weeks earlier, a Quinnipiac University Poll had Lamont leading by eight percent.

Hayes is challenging Republican Manny Santos for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s 5th Congressional District seat. After much criticism for how she handled a former staffer who accused her chief of staff of misconduct, Esty decided not to seek reelection. The district includes 41 municipalities, including the city of Waterbury.

Hayes is the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and hails from Waterbury.

Murphy, who is up for reelection after serving his first term, will face Republican Challenger Matthew Corey. A Quinnipiac Poll in August shows Murphy with a 59-31 lead over Cory.

 

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White House: President Obama May Give Endorsement for Democratic Primary


By Ann-Marie Adams |

WASHINGTON — White House officials on Monday said President Barack Obama may break his silence on whether he would endorse candidates for the Democratic primary.

 
Expected to be in lame-duck territory beginning this fall, Obama’s agenda has been driving the debate among popular candidates running for the presidency.

 
Observers are speculating whether Obama would endorse his vice president, Joe Biden or his former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Currently, Clinton is the front-runner for the party’s nomination. And Biden is seriously exploring a run in 2016 presidential race. Biden, who had his first meeting with Obama after he announced a possible bid for the White House’s top spot, is expected to make his decision next month, officials said.

 

A Biden versus Clinton redux would divide the Obama camp, some say.

 
Ask whether Obama would remain neutral throughout the primary process, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the president would let the Democratic voters choose the Democratic nominee but “wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an endorsement in the Democratic primary.”

 
Democrats in Connecticut have already signaled their pick for the primary. Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to campaign for Clinton in New Hampshire. Malloy endorsed Clinton’s presidential candidacy in June.

 
Obama is facing the possibility of a second government shutdown of his presidency. Several conservative Republicans have threatened to hold funding bills to keep the government open after Oct. 1 if federal money for Planned Parenthood is not cut.

 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), dismissed idea of a shutdown, saying Congress has “been down this path before.”

 
Still, that and other issues, including the Iran deal, are expected to spill into the 2016 presidential campaign.

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