Axelrod to Biden: Don't Run

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On Monday morning's Today Show David Axelrod, former advisor to President Obama, said Vice President Joe Biden should not to take on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Axelrod acknowledged Clinton's "self-inflicted" problems but said Biden's campaign "likely wouldn't succeed."

"I would not, because I know what it takes to put a presidential campaign together and it is late in the game," Axelrod advised Biden. "Secretary Clinton, for all her problems, some of them self-inflicted, still has a very high rating among Democrats, and that of course is what determines who the nominee will be, and a big head start."

"I really have such a huge regard for Joe Biden. I think he's been a great vice president, a great public official," Axelrod said. "I'd hate to see him risk it all on a campaign that likely wouldn't succeed."

DAVID AXELROD: He was a United States Senator for 36 years. Very distinguished career there. He was one of the -- he's been one of the most constructive vice presidents in history, very close relationship with the president. The middle class issue that is now the meme of this campaign has been the theme of his whole political career. And so he's probably looking at this and saying, why not me? But then there is the other side of the equation, which is what it takes to put a presidential campaign together against a very formidable opponent. And I think that is a real big reality check here. So I'm a little skeptical about -- the bombshell of the weekend....

I would not, because I know what it takes to put a presidential campaign together and it is late in the game. Secretary Clinton, for all her problems, some of them self-inflicted, still has a very high rating among Democrats, and that of course is what determines who the nominee will be, and a big head start...

I really have such a huge regard for Joe Biden. I think he's been a great vice president, a great public official. I'd hate to see him risk it all on a campaign that likely wouldn't succeed.

The emotion is powerful but it's not enough to make a decision to run for president.

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