Biden to address major liberal group, Netroots Nation


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Vice President Joe Biden will speak next week at Netroots Nation -- a major gathering of progressive and Democratic bloggers and activists looking to “strategize for upcoming political battles in 2014 and 2016.”

Biden will speak Thursday at the conference in Detroit, which is expected to draw as many as 3,000 activists, along with party leaders. The group says Biden -- who will address the conference for the first time, “has in many ways given heart and soul to this administration.”

The convention has traditionally served as an important stage for politicians and Biden has kept speculation about a potential 2016 presidential bid alive, saying earlier this spring that he sees “no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is hugely popular with the Democratic’s party left, will headline the conference.

President Barack Obama appeared at the conference via video in 2010, hoping to calm liberals frustrated by what they considered slow progress on their favorite causes.

Biden and Warren are also scheduled to address Generation Progress’s 2014 Make Progress National Summit a day earlier. The group is the youth division of the Center for American Progress.

The summit in Washington is expected to attract "hundreds of progressive leaders and young people from around the country to discuss ways our generation can make a difference now in moving our communities and the country forward," organizers said.


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