Vice President Joe Biden met with Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Aug. 22 in the latest sign that he may be making a third run for the White House.
Warren flew to Biden’s home in the nation’s capital where they discussed policy issues, The New York Times reported. Their conversation lasted over an hour and no aides were present, but the Times stated that Biden “made clear” to Warren that he was seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for president.
Warren’s support would be a major victory for Biden, as the Massachusetts senator is favored by liberal members of the Democratic Party and constituency. There was much talk about her making a bid for the White House this year, despite her repeated denials to the media.
Since the death of his son, Beau, in May, Biden has shown increasing interest in running for the position of commander in chief. Before he passed away, Beau encouraged his father to run for the White House one final time, further fueling the elder Biden’s current strategy of seeking key supporters.
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Leaders in the Democratic Party are also worried about frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the wake of weeks of negatively publicity from a scandal involving classified information with her personal computer server. Clinton’s level of untrustworthiness has increased dramatically, with two-thirds of Florida voters echoing those feelings.
Her main Democratic challenger, Democratic-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has gained much needed ground in his campaign; in a recent New Hampshire poll, Sanders pulled ahead of Clinton.
Other Democrats applauded Biden’s enthusiasm about a potential presidential run. Current Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley encouraged Biden’s candidacy.
“I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Biden. He’s a very, very good and decent man. It would be nice to have at least one more lifelong Democrat. And I think his wisdom, I think his experience would add much to this,” O’Malley said.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California, who himself has run for president three times before, gave some strategic advice to the Clinton camp.
“All I can say is, if I were Hillary (Clinton), I would say (to Biden), ‘Don’t jump in.’ If I were Joe Biden, I’d probably give it very serious consideration,” Brown said.