Biden 'proud' of Dems in debate

Biden 'proud' of Dems in debate
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Vice President Biden said Wednesday he is “proud” of the Democratic presidential candidates’ performance in Tuesday’s debate, which he sat out as he mulls whether to jump into the race. 

“I thought every one of those folks did well, thanks,” Biden told reporters after a speech on infrastructure investment at the White House complex. 

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Many political observers have said former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Soft levels of support mark this year's Democratic primary MORE’s strong performance in the debate may have narrowed Biden’s window to enter the race. 

But Biden gave no indication Wednesday that he has a set a deadline to make a decision. 

Calls for the vice president to enter the race grew as Clinton struggled to contain the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as secretary of State. Clinton also saw her lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.) narrow, with the liberal taking the lead in polls of New Hampshire.

On Tuesday night, Clinton had a memorable moment with Sanders when the Vermont senator defended her on the email issue. The two smiled and shook hands after Sanders said people were “tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

At the White House, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest praised the Democratic candidates for “vowing to build on the important progress that has been made over the last seven years.”

“I watched the debate last night and the thing that I was stuck by after having watched the previous two Republican debates is that it was a keen reminder you can run a presidential campaign on things other than appealing to people’s fears and anxieties about the future," he said. 

Earnest said Biden's decision on whether to run for president will be based on personal considerations, and not the debate performance of his potential rivals. 
 
“The dynamic for his decision hasn’t changed," he said.