Joe Biden Isn’t Sure Family Is Ready for Run

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Hillary Clinton Touts Obama Administration Support as Joe Biden Mulls Options.

“Vice President Biden is a friend of mine,” Clinton said, pointing out she was at Biden’s son’s funeral earlier this summer and saying she “cannot even imagine the grief and the heartbreak” that death caused. “I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family. Joe Biden confirmed he is considering whether to run for president in his first publicly aired comments on whether he would seek the Democratic nomination. The US vice-president, in a conference call with Democratic National Committee members, said he was trying to decide whether he could give “my whole heart and my whole soul” to a run for the White House, but also alluded to the burden that had been placed on his family by the death of his son, Beau Biden. “We’re dealing at home with … whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run,” Biden said, according to CNN, which said it gained access to the conversation. He would, he told an audience at Drake University in February, embrace the Obama administration’s achievements, and “stand for what we have done, acknowledge what we have done.

Buzz has been building around a potential Biden run, and while sources close to him say he’s closer to running than before, he’s still wrestling with the impact a run would have on his still-grieving family. Underscoring the point was the presence of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, an original member of Obama’s Cabinet who had just decided to endorse her for president. “Obviously I was proud to be a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, but I also have ideas where I want to go, not just build on what was done, but go beyond,” Clinton told reporters Wednesday at Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny campus, the second of two colleges Biden visited in February.

It was another family tragedy for the vice-president, who lost his first wife and his daughter in a car accident shortly after he was first elected to the US Senate from Delaware in 1972. Biden has been huddling with senior advisers to evaluate options for taking on Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is front-runner in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Speculation that Biden might run ratcheted up on the weekend when he met with the Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a powerbroker among liberals.

How better to stick with what works—Biden might suggest if he were to run, echoing his words from the winter—than for Democrats to choose the man who President Barack Obama chose as his second in command? It’s a question with which White House press secretary Josh Earnest grappled on Monday, leaning on Obama’s own words. “The president has indicated his view that the decision that he made I guess seven years ago now to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he had ever made in politics,” Earnest said. “And I think that should give you some sense of the president’s view of Vice President Biden’s aptitude for the top job.” And members of the Obama administration are beginning to publicly side with Clinton. Vilsack joined Clinton on the campaign trail across three Iowa cities on Wednesday as she rolled out a set of policy proposals aimed at rural communities, and Clinton hinted at his current job, thanking him “for the work you are now doing around the country.” “I know no one in America who’s tougher or more tested than Hillary,” Vilsack said. “You don’t have to ask yourself if she is tough enough to handle trumped up charges,” he added to laughter to what could be taken as an allusion to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “That is with a small T.” Vilsack also took what could be interpreted as a subtle jab at Vice President Joe Biden: “She is the best candidate from my party to win this election.” Later on, Vilsack told reporters that the timing of his endorsement wasn’t influenced by Biden’s considerations and was just about when it worked with vacation schedules.

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