Report: Joe Biden considering bid for US presidency

New York Times says US vice president is "actively exploring" 2016 candidacy at the urging of his son, who died in May.

    Report: Joe Biden considering bid for US presidency
    Biden previously sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 and 2008, losing both times [EPA]

    United States Vice President Joe Biden has held meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, according to a New York Times report.

    Biden has said publicly he would make a decision at the end of the summer, but the Times reported on Saturday that the vice president and his associates were actively exploring getting in the race.

    The Times, citing several people who have spoken with him and his advisers, said the Biden camp was contacting Democratic leaders and donors who have not firmly committed to Clinton, the clear leader among the five Democrats who have entered the race.


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    Times columnist Maureen Dowd also said Biden, 72, has been "having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire."

    The newspaper said Steve Ricchetti, Biden's chief of staff, began talking to supporters in the months before the vice president's son Beau Biden died in May at age 46.

    Complicated candidacy

    Dowd cited a conversation in which Beau Biden, a former attorney general of the state of Delaware, who was dying of brain cancer at the time, tried to get his father to promise he would run. The vice president's younger son, Hunter, also encouraged him, Dowd wrote.

    "He was so close to Beau and it was so heartbreaking that, frankly, I thought initially he wouldn't have the heart," Boston lawyer Michael Thornton, a Biden supporter, was quoted by the report as saying.

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    "But I've had indications that maybe he does want to - and 'that's what Beau would have wanted me to do.'"

    The Wall Street Journal reported last month that John Cooper, a fundraiser for Barack Obama's successful presidential runs, has joined the Draft Biden 2016 Super PAC to persuade Biden to run.

    Biden, a former senator from the US state of Delaware, previously sought the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008. During his first run, his candidacy was bogged down by allegations of plagiarism, and he quickly folded his campaign.

    In his second run in 2008, he continued to struggle and eventually lost the nomination to Obama, who later picked him as his vice presidential nominee.

    Dowd, who has often been critical of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, said a campaign by Biden might be complicated for him because he has a good relationship with Hillary Clinton and respects the Democratic Party's desire to put a woman in the White House.

    The White House had no immediate comment on Biden's plans and the Times quoted a spokeswoman for Biden as saying: "As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the vice president is focused on his family and immersed in his work."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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