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January 17, 2013

Dems no longer gun-shy on restrictions

(Continued)

“I’ve been getting both credit and blame for that, as if these were original ideas of mine,” Biden said. “I want to make it clear what every deputy mayor knows: The only power or influence a vice president has is reflected power. None of it matters, no matter what someone tries to give you credit for leadership, if it were not for the leadership of the president of the United States.”

But Shrum said that Obama’s proposed assault weapons ban will improve Biden’s standing within the Democratic Party, regardless of whether Congress passes it. “If Obama can get something done, it will be to his credit and to Biden’s,” Shrum said. “And then if Biden runs, he’ll say, ‘I wanted to do more, and as president I will do more.’ I don’t see that that issue can cut against Biden.”

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