Rumors that Vice-President Joe Biden may enter the 2016 presidential race against Hillary Clinton reached a crescendo with word that an aide of the Delaware Democrat was recently seen courting a major donor, according to Fox News. Sources from the Democratic Party reportedly told Fox that Biden’s chief of staff at the White House Steve Ricchetti had breakfast with bigtime donor Louis Susman.
Susman raised money for Secretary of State John Kerry when he ran for president in 2004. He also helped President Barack Obama out financially during the 2008 campaign.
The major political player confirmed to Fox he had breakfast with Ricchetti. However, he dashed cold water on the theory it was a political meeting. Susman said Ricchetti and he had been friends for years. He underlined that with the comment it was “strictly a personal meeting.”
In early July the Los Angeles Times ran an article speculating on a possible Biden bid. One factor mentioned is that Biden has run for the White House twice before. Already in 2015 he has traveled to the primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. So he’s certainly doing some of the things a candidate would do.
Biden’s family appears to favor him making a run at the top job in America. His late son Beau told his dad he wanted him to take one more shot at it. His other son Hunter has also been quoted as encouraging his father to enter the race.
Others who have already entered the nomination fight on the Democratic side include Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb in additon too Bernie Sanders. A Bloomberg poll showed showed Sanders within seven points of Clinton.
New York businessman Jon Cooper, a significant bundler for Obama’s 2012 campaign, has reportedly been working on Biden’s behalf. He’s said he believes the VP will enter the race.
Republican candidate Donald Trump recently said he thought Biden would be his opponent after he wins the GOP nomination.