VIDEO: Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta on Biden vs. Clinton in 2016
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Today's "Meet the Press" featured a rare joint interview with outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GenerAl Martin Dempsey, with fill-in moderator Chuck Todd. In the clip below, Panetta weighs in on a potential Joe Biden versus Hillary Clinton Democratic Presidential bid in 2016. Check it out below!
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