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Joe Biden Will Appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the 10th annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington on July 16, 2015.
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the 10th annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington on July 16, 2015.

He'll be joining George Clooney and Jeb Bush for the premiere week

With the premiere a week away, host Stephen Colbert announced Vice President Joe Biden as the latest guest expected to stop by The Late Show.

The news follows the announcement of guests scheduled for week two of the new season of Late Show including Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Bernie Sanders.

The Late Show kicks off Sept. 8 with George Clooney, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human. For the full list of guests for premiere week, head here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Biden Unsure He Has the ‘Emotional Fuel’ for a Presidential Campaign

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Brennan Linsley—AP Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Community College of Denver on July 21, 2015.

His son died of brain cancer in May

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he needs to figure out if he has the “emotional fuel” necessary to wage another campaign for the White House, in some of his most detailed comments yet on the prospect of a 2016 run.

“If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up,” Biden told members of the Democratic National Committee on a conference call, according to audio published by CNN.

Biden’s eldest son Beau died of brain cancer in May. Ever since a report earlier this month that Beau pushed his father to mount another campaign before he died, Democrats have been watching to see what the Vice President will do.

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A new poll shows that voters would be open to Biden if he challenged front-runner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and he fares better than Clinton in some hypothetical general election match-ups against Republicans. Clinton said Wednesday in Iowa that Biden “should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.”


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Voters Open to Joe Biden Presidential Bid in New Poll

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Jason Davis—Getty Images Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed in the shooting at the University of Tennessee on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hillary Clinton still leads the race for the Democratic nomination

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden may still be mulling his 2016 chances, but many voters appear open to his potential candidacy, a new survey finds.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday finds Biden with the highest favorability rating in either the Democratic or Republican field among all voters, and leading head-to-head match-ups against hypothetical GOP rivals. But Biden, whose numbers are boosted by his near-universal name-recognition, trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton commands the support of 45% of Democrats nationally, down from 55% a month ago, followed by Sanders at 22% and Biden at 18%.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead of the GOP field with 28% of Republican support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12%. No other GOP candidate breaks double-digits, with a large cluster in a statistical tie filling out the top 10. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are tied for third place with 7% each, representing a significant drop in support for Bush, who has raised more than $120 million for his presidential run.

The survey is one that will be used to determine eligibility for next month’s CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in which polls since July will be averaged and the top 10 placers fill the prime-time stage. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, whose performance was well regarded in the Fox News debate, merits 5% in the Quinnipiac poll, a significant jump. But her campaign complained Wednesday that a relative lack of polling before the second debate could still keep her out of the debate. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul fell to 2%, as his campaign has faltered this summer.

Trump remains deeply disliked by the majority of voters who are not his supporters; 26% of Republicans say they would never vote for him and 54% of all voters view him negatively. Clinton, who is still dogged by questions about her use of a private email server, now has 61% of Americans viewing her as untrustworthy and 51% viewing her unfavorably.

Asked an open-ended question about the first word that pops into their minds when they hear a candidate’s name, “liar” topped the list when the 1,563 registered voters were surveyed about Clinton. “Arrogant” was the top word for Trump and “Bush” for Bush.

The nationwide survey was conducted from Aug. 20-25 and has a margin of error of ±2.5 percentage points, with 666 Republicans polled for a margin of error of ±3.8 percentage points and 647 Democrats for a margin of error of ± 3.9 percentage points.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Wants Joe Biden to Do ‘What’s Right for Him’

Biden has been meeting with key Democrats

Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Joe Biden should have “space” to make his own decision about running for president, telling reporters she has “a great deal of admiration and respect” for her one-time colleague and potential adversary for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Vice President Biden is a friend of mine. He and I were colleagues in the Senate, I worked with him as first lady, I worked with him in President Obama’s first term, and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him,” Clinton said Wednesday in Ankeny, Iowa. “I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.”

Biden has been openly considering running for president for weeks, reaching out to donors and supporters and thinking ahead to a run. He’s spoken with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a key leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, and President Barack Obama’s former counsel Bob Bauer.

His son, Beau, who died earlier this year of brain cancer urged him for years to run for president, but Biden would face a tough frontrunner in Hillary Clinton, as well as the disadvantage of jumping into a presidential contest late and without an experienced staff or organization.

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Voters Think More Highly of Biden Than Clinton in Key States

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks out at the audience with Vice President Joe Biden at the end of the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.
NICHOLAS KAMM—AFP/Getty Images Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks out at the audience with Vice President Joe Biden at the end of the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

A new poll shows Vice President Joe Biden is viewed as more trustworthy and has higher favorability ratings than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in three key swing states.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania view Biden as more “honest and trustworthy” than Clinton by at least 20 percentage points in all three states. Biden’s favorability ratings beat Clinton’s by seven to nine percentage points.

The poll also showed that Biden was as competitive as Clinton in general election match-ups in the three states against Republican contenders Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Still, Clinton remains the frontrunner in the primary by a wide margin, with at least 45 percent of registered Democrats supporting her, while 15 percent would back Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and 11 percent would back Biden.


Peter Brown, assistant director at Quinnipiac University, noted that Clinton’s poll numbers were like a “leaky faucet” and have gone down since she entered the race. “She is now getting less than half the vote in all three states’ Democratic primaries,” he said.

Biden is reportedly considering running for president in 2016 and could make a decision by the end of summer.

Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are key swing states and no presidential candidate since 1960 has won without taking at least two of these three states.

The live interview poll was done by cell phone and landline from Aug. 7-18 of 1,093 registered voters in Florida, 1,096 registered voters in Ohio and 1,085 registered voters in Pennsylvania. It had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points in all three states.

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Beau Biden’s Dying Wish Was for His Dad to Run for President, Report Says

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Charles Dharapak—AP At the time of the photo, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, embraces his son Beau on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 27, 2008.

Joe Biden is reportedly considering running in 2016

Vice President Joe Biden’s late son Beau told his father to run for president before he died, according to a report.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in her weekend column entitled “Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?,” describes, in great detail, a conversation that Beau had with his father before dying, urging his father to run for president rather than letting the office fall to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Joseph “Beau” Biden III died of brain cancer at the end of May. Dowd’s source for the anecdote is not clear from the column.

Vice President Biden has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss the possibility of a run, according to Dowd.

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How Joe Biden Helped a Man With a Childhood Stutter Overcome His Fears

The Vice President sent this young man a letter that eventually led him to be sworn in as a prosecutor—by Beau Biden

An attorney named Branden Brooks—known as Skip—shared a story on Twitter Wednesday about how Vice President Joe Biden and his late son, Beau Biden, helped him overcome his fears and achieve his dreams.

According to Brooks, Joe Biden spoke to his class during a trip to Washington, D.C. when Brooks was in grade school. Biden, who had a stutter as a child, noticed that Brooks also stuttered during the question and answer session. He sent the boy an encouraging letter afterwards

Biden told Brooks to keep working to overcome his stutter and to treat everyone with respect as he did. Brooks offered more background on the story:

Biden replied to Brooks’ tweets:

After hearing from the Vice President, Brooks went on to share with him that he had been sworn in as a prosecutor in Delaware by Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, in 2008.

The Vice President’s office confirmed Brooks’ account to TIME.

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Obama to Deliver Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Services will be held on Friday, June 26

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to South Carolina for the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday, a White House official confirmed to TIME. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.

The services for Rev. Pinckney, one of the nine victims of last week’s massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, will be held this Friday, according to the Post and Courier. Pickeney served as the senior pastor at the church, affectionately called “Mother Emanuel,” and was a Democratic state senator.

Further details of the president’s travel will be released at a later time, but a White House official tells TIME First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the services.

The Post and Courier first reported the news of the president’s travel.

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Read Vice President Joe Biden’s Statement on the Charleston Shooting

"Hate has once again been let loose in an American community"

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden said Thursday that their “hearts ache with sorrow” in the wake of Wednesday’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine people dead. Their statement was released after President Obama’s remarks from the White House and after authorities confirmed the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, was apprehended in North Carolina.

Here’s the full statement from the Bidens:

Hate has once again been let loose in an American community. And the senseless actions of a coward have once again cut short so many lives with so much promise. Our hearts ache with sorrow with the entire Emanuel AME Church family as they seek solace and comfort in the shadow of a gunman’s act of pure evil and hatred. Our love and prayers are with them.

We last saw Reverend Clementa Pinckney less than a year ago at a prayer breakfast in Columbia. He was a good man, a man of faith, a man of service who carried forward Mother Emanuel’s legacy as a sacred place promoting freedom, equality, and justice for all. We pray for him and his sister as we do for the seven other innocent souls who entered that storied church for their weekly Bible study seeking nothing more than humble guidance for the full lives ahead of them.

We have no doubt the coward who committed this heinous act will be brought to justice. But as a nation we must confront the ravages of gun violence and the stain of hatred that continues to be visited on our streets, in our schools, in our houses of worship, and in our communities.

As Mayor Riley made clear, all of Charleston’s heart bleeds today—but the overwhelming display of unity will bring forth the city’s healing. We will never forget those innocent souls who lost their lives. We will be there with all the strength and support and prayers we can offer to the families who now grieve. And as a nation we will come together.

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Vice President Joe Biden Thanks Public for ‘Compassion’ After Son’s Death

"Your love & admiration for Beau has touched us beyond measure"

Vice President Joe Biden tweeted his and his family’s gratitude for the outpouring of “kindness and compassion” they’ve received in the wake of his son Beau’s death.

Beau Biden was laid to rest this Saturday following three days of public events, at which thousands joined the Biden family in mourning his death. The vice president’s eldest son was 46 years old when he died in late May of brain cancer.

At his funeral mass on Saturday, President Obama said Beau, “did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146. He left nothing in the tank.”

Read more: Read the full text of President Obama’s heartfelt eulogy

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