Kate Hicks

Vice President Joe Biden, known as much for his gaffes as for anything else in his four decades in politics, has long been rumored to be eyeing a presidential run in 2016. But new reports have surfaced, revealing the extent to which he layed the groundwork for such a campaign. Get ready: Sheriff Joe is at it again.

Biden, according to a number of advisers and Democrats who have spoken to him in recent months, wants to run, or at least be well positioned to run, if and when he decides to pull the trigger. Biden has expressed a clear sense of urgency, convinced the Democratic field will be defined quickly — and that it might very well come down to a private chat with Hillary Clinton about who should finish what Barack Obama started.

“He’s intoxicated by the idea, and it’s impossible not to be intoxicated by the idea,” said a Democrat close to the White House. And the intoxication is hardly new. Officials working on the Obama-Biden campaign last year were struck by how the vice president always seemed to have one eye on a run, including aggressively courting the president’s donors. Obama aides at times had to actively steer Biden to places where he was needed — like Pennsylvania — because he kept asking to be deployed to Iowa, New Hampshire and other early states.

“He wasn’t just doing fundraising the campaign assigned to him,” said a campaign adviser. “He was inviting people to the mansion to hang out and have dinner.” Biden was way more into the donors than Obama was. “He embraced it with a tirelessness and a gusto that even the president didn’t,” another campaign official said.

Looks like he's taking this pretty seriously, and if Hillary Clinton is, by turn, serious about quitting politics, then Biden looks to be the last of the "old guard" who would throw his hat into the ring. The question becomes, would that help his chances, or are the Democrats looking for a change in regime?


Kate Hicks

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