Biden 2016

Jon Cooper knows how to pick political winners.

The president of Long Island-based Spectronics supported Hillary Clinton when she ran for senator from New York in 2000.

He took a chance on then-Illinois senator Barack Obama in 2007. He raised over $1 million for the Obama-Biden ticket in the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.

But in 2016, Cooper has staked his support on a Democratic candidate who hasn't even declared he is running yet: Vice President Joe Biden.

"I think the two most important qualities are authenticity and honesty, and that's always been Joe Biden's strength," Cooper said, "Some people probably wish he was more scripted. I disagree. It's refreshing."

The Draft Biden organization hoped to convince Biden - and voters - that the 2016 race needs his voice with a powerful ad released Monday.

The audio, taken from a Biden speech at Yale in May, recounts the car accident that killed Biden's first wife and daughter days after his election to the Senate in 1972.

Republican and Democratic strategists joined Chasing News and discussed what it would mean if Biden challenged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
 

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