Vice President Joe Biden is increasingly leaning toward throwing his hat into the ring for 2016, that is if he feels he can pull together a credible campaign so late into the season, The Wall Street Journal
According to people familiar with the matter, financial, political and family matters are all under consideration and his decision whether or not to run has been dominating his conversations recently.
Biden met with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
on Saturday, sending the most serious signal of late that he is considering a bid, with some speculating that he was sounding out the support he might receive among those in the party's progressive base.
"The vice president has not made a decision about his political future," Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told the Journal. "Anyone speculating that he has made a decision is wrong."
The Journal noted that Biden would enter the race as an underdog, but some believe Hillary Clinton's nomination is not inevitable.
Recent polls give Clinton a strong front-runner status, and she has a solid and well-developed campaign apparatus behind her. Nevertheless, as the email scandal continues to escalate and her approval ratings decline, backers are increasingly nervous that she could be vulnerable to a credible challenge
Speculation about Biden's intentions
has been mounting for months, but a report out earlier this month suggested that his close friends and political allies share a widespread view that he should stay out of the race or risk damaging his legacy.
Politico reported Monday that a Biden bid would rouse political loyalties
in the White House and potentially create a dilemma for the president himself.
"I don't know what the official line will be," a West Wing staffer told Politico. "But you will have a lot of people in the building rooting for him."
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