Biden to Attempt 2016 Presidential Run?

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Top Cops Awards Dinner in Washington, on May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ORG XMIT: DCJL102
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Top Cops Awards Dinner in Washington, on May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ORG XMIT: DCJL102

Speculation about Joe Biden’s political future revved up Saturday when The New York Times reported that the vice president is taking a “second look” at a 2016 presidential run.

According to The Times, Biden advisers have begun contacting uncommitted Democratic leaders and donors, as well as some who are increasingly wary of perceived vulnerabilities in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

The Times story follows a Friday report by CNN that Biden friends and aides continue to press him to consider entering the race and that he now feels he can wait later than August — the cut-off point for when he was long expected to make a decision — before deciding whether to challenge Clinton, the front-runner for the nomination.

Questions about Biden’s 2016 plans come not long after the death of the vice president’s oldest son, Beau, who died in May following a battle with brain cancer. Maureen Dowd, in a Times column, reported that Beau Biden, not long before he passed away, urged his father to make another White House run.

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SOURCE: USA Today On Politics – Cooper Allen and David Jackson

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