Joe Biden’s Family Says Yes — Will He?
Vice President Joe Biden has yet to announce his campaign. Many speculated that the he was holding back for his family, but according to top sources in the Democrats, his family is on board.
Critics believe that Biden’s window to run is quickly closing, especially considering Hillary Clinton had a strong performance in the recent debate.
“His family is totally on board,” one top Democrat who has spoken to Biden this week told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation. “He wants to do this.”
The question of whether he has waited too long comes up in the conversations, people familiar with the calls say, which could be the most important remaining consideration in his decision. It could also provide an exit strategy for him if he ultimately decides against running after doing little to quiet weeks of speculation.
The arguments in favor of running, according to people who have spoken with the Vice President and his team of advisers, include:
- He would have full access to the vaunted Obama campaign email list, since Biden is effectively a part owner since he was on the ticket in 2008 and 2012.
- A handful of influential labor unions have not yet endorsed a Democratic candidate, including international unions representing the firefighters, steelworkers, SEIU and Teamsters.
One potential point of entry into the race comes October 24 at Iowa’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, when thousands of party activists will descend on Des Moines. If he decides to vigorously campaign for the Iowa caucuses in February, his supporters believe this is a moment that shouldn’t be missed, given the high-profile event is attracting the rest of the party’s top candidates.
Yet a Biden candidacy is also challenging. The campaign has moved quickly – even more so in recent weeks – and Biden would have to work to compete with his fellow Democrats at that Iowa dinner. It’s remembered for being a break-out moment for Obama in 2007.
But Katy Perry is scheduled to perform for Clinton that night. The question is whether Biden can compete — or catch up — with a race that’s been underway for months.
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