A Biden 2016 Push Is Getting Realer by the Day – Vanity Fair
As the Summer of Trump slowly draws to a close, Vice President Joe Biden appears closer than ever to actually throwing his hat into the ring and declaring his run for president. Several well-timed leaks suggest that Barack Obama has given Biden his blessing to launch a race against Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of state and the current monolithic front-runner. Things could get extremely awkward.
Biden’s candidacy may have been prompted by several outside forces—most important, his son Beau’s reported deathbed wish for his father to run again; less important, several outside groups foaming at the mouth for a Biden 2016 run. Earlier this week, Biden’s staff announced the hiring of Kate Bedingfield, a former film industry P.R. spokeswoman who worked for John Edwards’s 2008 campaign. (Politico notes that hiring people with campaign experience tends to be a sign that potential candidates are warming up to this “running for president” idea.) Biden also had a very private lunch with beloved progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren, the details of which were eventually leaked to the press. (As of now Warren isn’t running, but her endorsement would be the sweetest of prizes to any Democratic candidate.)
Crucially, Biden now reportedly has the president’s “blessing”: CNN says that, according to an unnamed “senior Democrat,” the two met for lunch on Monday, during which Obama reportedly told Biden that he wouldn’t stand in his way should Biden run. Biden’s office shrugged it off: “Sources continue to speculate about something they know nothing about,” his spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told CNN.
But even more significant, Biden now has access to Obama’s hefty fundraising apparatus, and will reportedly host a meeting of several top Democratic fundraisers at his house after Labor Day, including several who worked for the Obama-Biden campaigns. (Money is the greatest gift, and Obama money—well, they’re good at making a lot of it.)
As of now, it’s pretty safe to say that Biden is at least thinking of a run, meaning that, should he decide to enter the race, Obama is about to find himself in a really weird Archie Comics situation.