Vice President Joe Biden has until Oct. 13, 2015 to decide if he wants to run for the Democratic presidential nomination or else he will not be able to participate in the first primary debate. CNN released their debate criteria on Monday, Sept. 28, where they gave the Vice President until the day of the first Democratic primary debate on Oct. 13 to formally declare his candidacy, if he does he will be invited and able to participate in the first debate that evening in Las Vegas, which is hosted by the network.
On Oct. 13, CNN is hosting the first “Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate” at the Wynn Las Vegas. Only candidates that polled an average of one percent or over in three polls released between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10 are allowed to participate in the debate. So far, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb were invited.
Biden who has mostly been polling in third place with support in the mid to high teens is eligible to debate as long as he officially declares his candidacy by that date. The new debate criteria will give Vice President Biden the leeway to either publicly declare his candidacy or file the Federal Election Commission paperwork or both on that date.
The two-hour debate will be moderated by Anchor Anderson Cooper, Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash and CNN en Español Anchor Juan Carlos Lopez will also ask debate questions, while Anchor Don Lemon will ask chosen questions that the public submitted through Facebook.
Biden has remained undecided about running for president after the death of his son Beau in May. Sources close to Biden have said he has decided to run, but the question remains the timing of the declaration. Publicly Biden has maintained that his candidacy will be a familial choice, but his wife Jill Biden has said she is on board with another run.
Biden most emotional comments on his intention to run was his appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with new host Stephen Colbert on Sept. 10, where he discussed his struggle after his son’s death to decide on a presidential run. Biden expressed, “I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, No. 1, they know exactly why they would want to be president, and 2, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy and my passion to do this.’ And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there.”
Vice President Biden recently gave an interview with Rev. Matt Malone, the president and editor in chief of America Media, a Catholic news organization, where he discussed his struggle to decide on a presidential run. Biden said his decision depends on his family, “You have no right as an individual to decide to run. Your whole family is implicated, your whole family is engaged, and so for us it’s a family decision and I just have to be comfortable that this will be good for the family.”
Biden said he will not rush his decision, even if windows close, referring to the first primary debate, but his whole family has to be all in. The Vice President conveyed, “In the past, all our political efforts have actually strengthened the family. It’s not quite there yet and it may not get there in time to make it feasible to be able to run and succeed because there are certain windows that will close, but if that’s it, that’s it. But it’s not like I can rush it.”
One thing is certain, Biden has the support of wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Dr. Biden’s spokesperson, James Gleeson issued a statement last week saying, “Of course Dr. Biden would be on board if her husband decides to run for president, but they haven’t made that decision yet.” The comment was in response to an NBC News report that claimed Dr. Biden, is “100 percent on-board” with her husband running for president, she previously was hesitant about another presidential bid.
Despite what Biden is saying publicly, the Wall Street Journal revealed in a report from Friday evening, Sept. 18, 2015 that the Vice President has made the decision to run and is now deciding on when he make the announcement. According to the report, “Vice President Joe Biden’s aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race, and their discussions have shifted toward the timing of an announcement, said people familiar with the matter.”