Ed Rendell: Biden Will Run "If The Party Needs Him" If Clinton Server Issue "Worsens"

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Former DNC chairman and Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, a close friend of the Clintons, opined on the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Rendell said Biden will run "if the party needs him," otherwise he would be running as a "spoiler." However, if the investigation on Hillary Clinton's private server used during her tenure at the State Department continues to hurt the candidate, Rendell said Biden could "come in as the person to save the party."

Rendell endorsed Clinton over then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.

"I think he wants to run if the party needs him," Rendell said on MSNBC. "I don't think he wants to be divisive. I don't think he wants to be a spoiler. And right now he'd be coming in as a spoiler. If something happens to Secretary Clinton where this significantly worsens, he could come in at that point as the person saving the party and become the nominee."

Rendell also criticized Clinton for her joke about the app Snapchat -- she said messages disappear on their own -- calling it "tone deaf."

"Certain Democrats have not been happy about the way that she and her campaign have responded to the e-mails, particularly when she joked about it. So do you think there is merit to the criticism that Clinton has been receiving? And to your point, maybe the party does need somebody like Joe Biden," MSNBC's Thomas Roberts observed.

Rendell warned people wrote off John McCain this time in the 2008 presidential cycle and he ended up becoming the nominee. McCain would go on to lose to then-Senator Barack Obama.

ED RENDELL: I think he wants to run if the party needs him. I don't think he wants to be divisive. I don't think he wants to be a spoiler. And right now he'd be coming in as a spoiler. If something happens to Secretary Clinton where this significantly worsens, he could come in at that point as the person saving the party and become the nominee.

But interestingly, Thomas, if you look at the polls that were taken in four battleground states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina, last weekend, last week, despite the wave of good feeling and sympathy that the vice president's been riding, ever since the horrible death of Beau Biden and the wonderful way the Biden family conducted themselves, Joe is third in all of those polls behind Hillary, behind Bernie Sanders and it's not even close.

In Florida 52 Hillary, 17 Bernie Sanders, 14 Joe Biden.

In North Carolina it's 55 Hillary.

In Pennsylvania, it's 45 Hillary.

And the vice president is in the teens behind Bernie Sanders and Hillary. So right now, if I were the Biden campaign and I were advising the vice president, and I'm not, but if I were, I'd say, stay out of it. Wait and see if it gets significantly worse and if it does maybe then you come in as the person who is going to save the party and save the party's chances in '16 but if it stays as it is where Democrats seem to be sticking with Hillary generally, I would stay out.

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