In the face of a rising Hillary Clinton tide, supporters of the current Vice President feel that he can and will overcome the Clinton machine and win the 2016 Democratic nomination. While Joe Biden personally has not made any 2016 plans, he hasn’t ruled out a run for the next highest office.
Report from the Wall Street Journal:
Political allies of Vice President Joe Biden have concluded that he can win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination—even if Hillary Clinton enters the contest—and are considering steps he could take to prepare for a potential candidacy.
While Mr. Biden has made no decision about his future, people familiar with his thinking say, he hasn’t ruled out a bid for the White House. If he runs, that could set up a titanic battle between two of the party’s most prominent figures.
One step under discussion by Biden backers is to form a political action committee he would use to funnel money to other Democratic candidates, which could build goodwill for a possible White House bid, people familiar with the talks said. Meanwhile, Mr. Biden is preparing to attend a Democratic event in Iowa, which traditionally holds the first nominating contest, and to raise money this week for the Democratic governor of New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary.
Biden has a way of connecting with blue-collar voters that has made up for many of the ways President Obama has fallen short with this group. Despite the Vice President’s frequent and numerous gaffes, I’m not ready to write him off in this contest but I still can’t see how he realistically overcomes the Clinton establishment.