Clinton quietly trying to discourage Biden from a 2016 bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.
As Biden ponders a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination, she has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early voting contests of Iowa and South Carolina and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country -- all part of the effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid.
Clinton and her team speak warmly of Biden in public. They've also taken steps to show their dominance over the party's establishment and President Barack Obama's political infrastructure in hopes of quietly discouraging the vice president from entering the race.