Vice President Joe Biden has another reason to jump into the 2016 presidential campaign he beats all the major Republican presidential candidates in a new poll. The latest Quinnipiac survey released on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 shows the best general election matchup would be between Biden and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, with Biden the winner. The Vice President is working towards a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Biden will make his final decision in September.
The latest Quinnipiac national poll gives Biden a very good reason to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, he could win the 2016 election. In the poll, Biden easily beats GOP frontrunner Trump 48 to 40 percent. Biden also leads two other major GOP candidates, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 45 percent to 39 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 44 percent to 41 percent.
Biden has electability and favorability on his side, 48 percent of American voters view him favorably with only 39 percent unfavorable. Biden has been working up towards a decision on a presidential run, he has spoken with supporters, including liberal powerhouse Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), spoken to fundraisers from the two Obama-Biden campaigns, received President Barack Obama blessing, and spoke to the Democratic National Committee members.
Although, Biden is not attending the DNC summer meeting as are the rest of the Democratic candidates including Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Biden spoke to the DNC on a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 26 giving them some insight about his decision making process to run. Biden said, “If I were to announce to run I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul and right now, both are pretty well banged up.”
Biden’s main concern is his family after the death of his son Beau from brain cancer in May, telling DNC members, “We’re dealing at home with … whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run.” The Biden family is equally divided about whether a run would be good for the Vice President who is still in mourning. Biden explained, “I’m not trying to skirt your question. That’s the truth of the matter, but believe me, I’ve given this a lot of thought and dealing internally with the family on how we do this.” Beau had supported and encouraged his father to run. Biden previously ran for president in 1988 and 2008 before being picked as Obama’s running mate.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday, Aug. 25 about Biden’s decision, “The vice president has more than earned the right to have the space and time to make a decision about whether or not he would like to be a candidate for president.” The White House is trying to remain neutral about Biden’s potential run as Obama’s loyalties would be split between Biden and his former Secretary of State Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Still Obama met with Biden over lunch on Monday, Aug. 24 to give Biden his blessing.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, Aug. 23 that Biden is “increasingly leaning toward” a run, still his Press Secretary Kendra Barkoff remain coy in her response about the Vice President’s political plans, “The vice president has not made a decision about his political future. Anyone speculating that he has made a decision is wrong.”