From his unannounced meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the “blessing” he reportedly got from President Obama earlier this week, it’s been pretty obvious that Vice President Biden has been contemplating a run for the White House. In light of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent e-mail troubles — and after the death of Beau Biden, who urged his father to run, earlier this year — some Democrats looking for an alternative to Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have been wondering if the man in the co-pilot’s seat for eight years might be a good candidate.
But, for the first time, the vice president himself confirmed on Wednesday that he is pondering a run, according to CNN. Not that he will or won’t run. Just that he’s thinking about it — and discussing it with his family.
“We’re dealing at home with … whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run,” the vice president said in a conference call with the Democratic National Committee, referencing his son’s death, according to CNN. “If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up.”
Biden’s comments were “billed as an opportunity to hear from the vice president on the Iran nuclear deal,” CNN wrote.
Asked during the call — which ran for more than an hour before Biden took questions — about his future plans, the vice president committed to noncommittal.
“I’m not trying to skirt your question,” Biden said. “That’s the truth of the matter, but believe me, I’ve given this a lot of thought and dealing internally with the family on how we do this.”
Biden’s entry into the race would, of course, upend the Democratic primary and the Democratic party — many members of whom have known since 2008 that their 2016 candidate would be Clinton.