Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for president in 2016, according to two people close to him, and he could announce a decision as soon as Aug. 1
Vice President Biden told one acquaintance he was likely to make up his mind in July, according to a report in The Run 2016, a political blog on the U.S. News and World Report website. The report comes as more and more national calls have been made for Biden to enter the race, and momentum is building in the grass roots effort to support him in advance of a rally in Davenport, IA this weekend.
â€œAs the Vice President might say, this is a big deal,â€™â€™ said Will Pierce, executive director of Draft Biden 2016, an organization dedicated to laying the groundwork for a Biden presidential run. â€œWe have been very pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming interest in a Biden campaign, and people all want to know when heâ€™ll decide and what they can do to help.â€™â€™
In a little more than two months Draft Biden has collected more than 80,000 petitions across the nation urging the Vice President to run. Draft Biden is in the process of opening offices in Iowa and New Hampshire expected to be running with full-time state directors early next month. Chapters have been forming in South Carolina as well as other states, too.
Draft Biden has a rally planned at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa this weekend and Pierce said this will make the event even more exciting. Draft Biden already has held events and meeting with elected officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and in Chicago where it is headquartered. Pierce will be in New York next week.
Vice President Biden still is tied for second in most national polling, and very likely would see a surge in his support after announcing his candidacy.
â€œPeople feel a very personal connection with the Vice President. They are aware of his decades of experience and the very hard work that he has done in the Obama-Biden administration, improving our economy and world standing,â€™â€™ said Pierce.