Will Vice-President Biden seek the Democratic nomination next year? According to inside sources, both of Biden’s sons have encouraged their father to run, and a super Political Action Committee (PAC) called “Draft Biden 2016” has gathered over 95,000 signatures endorsing a letter which appeals to his presidential sentiments.
Executive director of Draft Biden, William Pierce, previously worked for super PAC “Obama for America”, and touts Biden’s Beltway experience as a six term Senator from Delaware. He also points to Biden’s role in acting as Obama’s congressional liaison, cutting a budget deal with Republicans in 2o11 which “averted a government shutdown”.
Currently, Biden is second in the average of national Democratic polls with 13.5% of potential voter support, well behind Hillary Clinton who enjoys over 60% support. However, in both the New Hampshire and Iowa polls, Biden sits in third behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Biden has sought that Democratic nomination for president twice before, first in 1988, and then again in 2008 when then Sen. Obama won a close race against Clinton.
In an interview with Gentleman’s Quarterly in 2013, Biden pontificated the following: “I can die a happy man never having been President of the United States of America. But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”
Almost two years later this past January, Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Yes, there is a chance (I will run). But I haven’t made up my mind about that.”
The Biden PAC is taking the possibility of a run seriously enough that they have hired political directors in the first two primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa.
PAC executive Pierce said in a statement on Monday that, “we are going all in to encourage the Vice President to run for President ahead of his potential August 1st announcement.”
There are currently 14 Republican candidates who have formally announced they are running for president (with at least two more likely to announce this month), while only four candidates have announced so far on the Democratic side. Only one other Democratic candidate will possibly join the race sometime this month – former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia.