Vice President Joe Biden is having lunch with President Obama on Monday as a decision on whether he will run for the presidency in 2016 appears near (if it hasn’t already been made). No doubt Biden’s intentions are on the menu.
The lunch occurs with both men just back from their summer vacations. After a stay in the golf haven Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Biden has been in Wilmington, Delaware, for the past several days apparently mulling his options. Obama returned Sunday from his annual two-week Martha’s Vineyard sojourn.
Biden “is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date,” the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Chuck Todd, the well-connected moderator of “Meet the Press,” said Biden “wants to run” for president and is “looking for a way in.”
Biden’s session with Obama follows a powwow he held Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for which he made a rare weekend trip to Washington, D.C. Biden usually spends his weekends at home in Wilmington. The meeting was not on Biden’s publicly announced schedule, which had him in Delaware.
While details coming out of the Warren-Biden summit are few, the discussion between the two most highly touted potential entrants into the Democratic field almost certainly was about who might get in and when.
A Biden announcement with Warren at his side would create an immense stir, signaling to the liberal, activist wing of the party that Biden had the imprimatur of de facto leader. Warren’s support would help Biden seize the mantle as chief challenger of Hillary Clinton from Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont who has been speaking to enthusiastic crowds all summer.
The vice president, meanwhile, tapped a new communications director with presidential campaign experience. Kate Bedingfield, who comes to the VP’s office from the powerful post of top spokesperson for the film industry’s trade association, also served on John Edwards’ failed 2008 campaign.
This article first appeared today on LifeZette.