As Hillary Clinton continues to stumble over scandals and sink in the polls, speculation is growing around the possibility of a Joe Biden run for 2016. A trip to Florida by the VP this week is fueling the fire.
Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post:
A speech. A party fundraiser. In Florida. Clinton? Sanders? No, Joe Biden.
Rarely has a speech on the importance of community colleges been more closely scrutinized.
That was the central theme of remarks delivered by Vice President Biden on Wednesday at one of the nation’s largest universities — at least, the stated theme. The other, which he only hinted at, was the political subtext: Still grieving from the death of his oldest son, Biden is weighing a presidential bid. And until he makes his 2016 decision, everything he says and does will be viewed through a campaign prism…
“Look at all the press you’ve attracted,” he joked to the crowd packed into a sweltering classroom at Miami Dade College. “Their interest in community colleges has impressed me. I hope that’s what they’re going to write about.”
The speech was the first stop on an itinerary that marks the vice president’s most active political trek since his son Beau Biden, the 46-year old former Delaware attorney general, died of brain cancer in May. Close friends and aides say the vice president is still undecided about making a late entrance into the Democratic race dominated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is slipping in polls, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is enjoying a summer surge.
A final decision isn’t expected until later this month, and family considerations — including whether they can sustain the demands of a grueling campaign — remain his most pressing concern, according to people familiar with his thinking.
Here’s a video report from CNN. Note that they mention Biden is going on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert next week. Some have speculated that Biden could announce during the show.
Of course, this report wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t check in on a certain Massachusetts senator. Boston.com reports:
Elizabeth Warren on Joe Biden meeting: ‘It was a long conversation’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded cagily Wednesday evening to questions about her August 22 meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.
During an interview at Suffolk University, Warren told The Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller that it was Biden who invited her down for lunch at his residence in Washington D.C.
“He actually called me twice,” Warren said.
According to the Massachusetts senator, the conversation ranged from policy to what’s happening to the middle class to the direction of the country.
“It was a long rambling policy conversation,” she said.
Miller then pressed if the vice president, even jokingly, asked about the possibility of Warren being his running mate—as Biden reportedly considers jumping into the 2016 presidential race.
“It was a long conversation.”
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