Vice President Joe Biden has gone to Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the specific purpose of meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This meeting, obviously, is taking place in the final days before Biden decides whether or not he will run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Biden has said all along that he has been undecided but will make a decision about a presidential run by the end of the summer which is nearing very quickly, according to a Bloomberg report on Saturday afternoon.
More specifically, of late, Biden has said he will make the announcement to run by the end of September or early October if, in fact, he decides to run. If he does run, he will be a heavy challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who, say many, basically has the nomination in hand because of the incredible amount of money she has raised for her campaign. Then again, her personal email scandal may wash her political ambitions regarding a presidency in 2016 away – and it would be left as a run between Biden and growing-in-popularity contender Bernie Sanders.
Prior to taking off for Washington for the meeting with Warren, the vice president has been spending time in Delaware, his home state, where he has been spending quality time with his family and meeting with his vice presidential aides to plan his future. The Warren-Biden meeting is being called the strongest indication thus far that Biden is trying to get incredibly influential Democrats in line with his potential candidacy. Clinton, of course, has others already locked in place in spite of her potential legal concerns. And who knows, maybe Biden is even testing the waters as to whether or not Warren would consider being a vice presidential candidate with him. Warren is very popular and would be an excellent choice for Biden or any other candidate.
Other news that might influence Biden is a recent poll that showed his strength. According to the Sun-Times, Biden would beat GOP front-runner Donald Trump in three key swing states if the election were to be held now between those two men. The Quinnipiac University poll says that a contest between Biden and Trump would give Biden a narrow victory in Florida – 45 to 42. In Ohio, Biden would beat Trump by ten points – 48 to 38. And in Pennsylvania, Biden would defeat Trump 48 to 40. When matching up Clinton with Trump, Clinton is less as strong as Biden is when pitted against Trump. For the record, according to past polls, Biden would also narrowly defeat Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Naturally, all of these poll results must be very encouraging to Biden as he considers a presidential run for 2016.
President Barack Obama has refused to endorse Hillary Clinton. He made that clear early in the campaign process, even before Clinton officially announced her presidency. Should Joe Biden, his vice president, decide to enter the contest for 2016, it will be interested to see if Obama decides to endorse Biden. Obama is very close to the Clintons as well as to Joe Biden and his family. It has been said by numerous pundits and political analysts that Biden would be much more likely to carry on with Obama’s agenda than Clinton would – and therefore it is believed that Obama would naturally prefer a Biden presidency when he leaves office. Whether or not Obama would ever make such a public endorsement of Biden over Clinton is tough to call.