While Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, political insiders are suggesting a Joe Biden presidential campaign could still happen.
According to The Huffington Post, sources close to the vice president say a final decision will be made by September on a potential presidential run. Given the recent death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer on May 30, Biden’s attention has been more focused on his family than his future in politics. Things may change in fall.
“He has said he would announce his decision at the end of the summer,” Ted Kaufman, a longtime Biden aide and friend told the Huffington Post. But Biden’s spokeswoman, Kendra Barkoff, stated otherwise.
“The Biden family is going through a difficult time right now,” Barkoff said. “Any speculation about the views of the vice president or his family about his political future is premature and inappropriate.”
Beau Biden was the eldest of the VP's four children, three of whom he had with his first wife, Neilia Hunter. Hunter and 1-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash in December 1972 while Christmas shopping. Biden married Jill Jacobs in 1977 and they have one child together, a daughter named Ashley.
Beau Biden was following in his father’s political footsteps, cementing a framework as an up-and-coming Democratic politician in Delaware. It has also been reported that Beau urged his father to run for the presidency, another indication that the vice president may do so.
Others believe it is too late for Biden to seek the presidency. Charlie Cook, a veteran political pollster, labeled Biden’s age — he will be 74 at the time of the November 2016 elections — as the determining factor of whether he could receive enough support. “It’s not gonna happen,” Cook told MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell.
While current polls show Biden in third place, trailing Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, he still leads other Democratic contenders, such as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. The poll also shows a significant bump in his ratings if Biden were to enter the race — he would climb to second, only trailing Clinton.