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Jerry Brown says Joe Biden should give ‘serious consideration’ to presidential run

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, speaks at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown, center, speaks at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview aired Sunday that Joe Biden should give “very serious consideration” to running for president, while expressing less certainty that Hillary Clinton will become the party’s nominee.

“All I can say is, if I were Hillary, I would say (to Biden), ‘Don't jump in,’” Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If I were Joe Biden, I’d probably give it very serious consideration.”

Brown’s remarks come as Clinton continues to struggle with controversy surrounding her use of personal email while secretary of state.

“The email thing, it has kind of a mystique to it,” Brown said. “You know, an email is just an utterance in digital form. But it has some kind of dark energy that gets everybody excited … It’s almost like a vampire. She's going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way.”

Brown, a fourth-term Democrat, ran for president unsuccessfully three times. He said he hopes Clinton can get beyond questions about her email. But like some other Democrats, his confidence in her candidacy appears to have diminished.

In March, Brown told The Washington Post that Clinton is “extremely formidable, and it doesn’t appear that there’s anything that would block her path.”

Five months later, asked on “Meet the Press” if he expected Clinton to be the nominee, Brown said, “I don't make these expectations. I've been around politics long enough to know that, you know, that things are uncertain. I don't know.”

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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