Editorial: Will Vice President Biden run or won’t he?
Just say it Joe ... that is what presidential politicians on both sides of the aisle are saying. While a congressional committee is waiting for Hillary Clinton's testimony Thursday on the Benghazi situation, the political world is waiting for Joe...
Just say it Joe … that is what presidential politicians on both sides of the aisle are saying.
While a congressional committee is waiting for Hillary Clinton’s testimony Thursday on the Benghazi situation, the political world is waiting for Joe Biden to come to his decision about a 2016 presidential run.
Will Joe run or won’t he?
Some signs indicate Biden is drawing close to a decision. MSNBC reported Tuesday that Biden could announce within 48 hours or by Thursday.
News reports Tuesday indicated that his associates are setting up interviews for potential positions with a Biden presidential campaign. Biden also met with his political advisors again Monday night.
Biden also reportedly made calls throughout last week to Democratic Party officials and operatives asking them to work for him if he jumps into the 2016 race. Biden is telling his allies to be ready to campaign.
The vice president has been considering his decision on the 2016 race for several months. His son Beau Biden died in May, which hit Biden hard.
Biden’s decision faces another deadline: the earliest filing deadlines for state primaries occur at the end of October. If the vice president delays entering the race too much longer, he risks losing critical delegates to Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Another opening for Biden is that Clinton reportedly has not wrapped up all of President Barack Obama’s campaign finance team. While Clinton has dominated the early fundraising on the Democratic side, there are a lot of Democratic donors who have been waiting to see who elseenters the field.
The other big question to be answered is who will President Obama support - Bernie, Hillary or Joe. That answer is not clear.
If Biden enters the race, it will also impact the Republican candidates. Will they continue to focus on Hillary alone or migrate to different strategies.
Will a Biden candidacy become the move that slows the momentum building campaigns of Republicans Donald Trump or Ben Carson?
While all signs point to the growing possibility of a Biden run, no one knows for sure except the vice president.
What say you Joe?