The U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden seems to be actively exploring the possibility of entering the Democratic Presidential nomination race for the 2016 Elections.
Vice President Biden has officially stated that he would be making the decision of whether he would run for President by the end of the summer, but according to Reuter and New York Times, the Vice president has been holding meetings and has been actively exploring entering the race and challenging Democrat Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
According to Reuters, many people have been talking to Biden and his associates and have said that he is seeking some donors and talking to Democratic leaders who have not yet pledged allegiance to Hillary Clinton to consider him as the Democratic nominee for the White House. Times columnist Maureen Dowd has said that Biden is “having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire. According to Reuters and the Times, Biden’s chief of staff, Steve Ricchetii has been calling on supporters a couple of months before the death of Joe Biden’s older son, Beau Biden.
Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware who died of brain cancer in May, was trying to get Joe to run for the presidency. The Vice President is also encouraged for the bid by his younger son Hunter, as well.
According to Reuters, Boston attorney Michael Thornton, who is a great supporter of the Vice President, said “He was so close to Beau and it was so heartbreaking that, frankly I thought initially he wouldn’t have the heart. But I’ve had indications that maybe he does want to – and ‘that’s what Beau would have wanted me to do.’”
Biden has been getting a lot of support from aides and associates and according to Reuters, John Cooper, the successful fundraiser for President Barrack Obama’s presidential campaigns, is part of the Draft Biden 2016 Super PAC, that are trying to get Biden to run for the Presidency for the third time. He sought the nomination of the Democratic Party in 1988 and 2008.
A Democratic campaign for Biden might be seen as complicated, because he has a long time relationship with Presidential contender Hillary Clinton and understands that the Democrats are really pushing for a woman in the White House. According to Reuters, the White House has not commented on Biden’s plans to seek the Democratic Presidential nomination, but a spokeswoman for Biden stated “As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the Vice President is focused on his family and immersed in his work.”
If Vice President Biden enters the race rather late, he would be the 6th Democrat to do so and will be facing with the great challenge of overcoming his friend and frontrunner Hillary Clinton.