Joe Biden Could Decide Presidential Run in the Next Week
Joe Biden is likely to decide his presidential run next week. Biden has left his decision to the wire. Despite this, he remains an extremely popular candidate for the Democrats.
According to sources, Biden is on the fence as he doesn’t want to disrupt his family. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden made it clear that she is supportive of his decision and would “be on board.”
If Biden does run, it is unlikely that he will participate in the Oct. 13 debate.
CBS News reports:
They said he’d need time – perhaps a couple of weeks – to put together the foundations of a campaign and raise money looking ahead to several ballot deadlines. States like New Hampshire, Texas and Florida have deadlines beginning in November.
Biden has been weighing a White House bid for the last few months, with several Democratic fundraisers even pledging their support should he launch a presidential campaign.
Some donors who have met with the vice president in recent weeks told CBS News they came away with the impression that he was going to run.
Battleground Tracker: Should Joe Biden run for president?One source said that by the second half of October, Biden will have definitely made up his mind.
Recent polls on Biden’s 2016 chances have shown the vice president could present a competitive challenge to the party’s current front-runner, Hillary Clinton. A recent Bloomberg Politics poll found that, nationally, 25 percent of Democrats would throw their support behind Biden, compared to Clinton’s 33 percent and Bernie Sanders’ 24 percent.
Draft Biden, a ground campaign to bring Biden on board the 2016 Democratic field, has even “formed the logistical support to immediately back a campaign once a decision is made,” according to a statement released by the organization on Saturday.
The group won’t be deterred if Biden skips the party’s Las Vegas debate, saying that though it is “an important juncture for a campaign, it by no means represents a hard deadline or obstacle to entry if not attended.” It may even present “some benefit” for the potential campaign to wait on the sidelines.
“Regardless of when over the next few weeks the vice president makes his decision,” the group said, “we will be ready.”
A spokesperson for the vice president had no comment.
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