Vice President Joe Biden may be getting ready to run for president and challenge Hillary Clinton, and the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC is trying to nudge him into the race.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden’s late son Beau encouraged Biden to make a third run for the White House. James Smith, a South Carolina Democrat state representative, said Biden’s other son, Hunter Biden, “feels strongly about his dad running and serving.” Dick Harpootlian, former chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, told the Journal, “If he does what Beau wanted him to do, he’ll run.”
The Draft Biden 2016 group has reportedly gathered nearly 100,000 signatures in support of a Biden candidacy and the group’s executive director, William Pierce, told RealClearPolitics that the Journal report was “great” and that, “we’re excited to see more and more people closer to the vice president urging him to run.”
Though Biden trails Hillary Clinton by more than 50 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average, his 12.8% support still puts him ahead of declared candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who barely registers in polls and whose candidacy has yet to gain any traction.
The Draft Biden group says it is “preparing the groundwork for Biden in the early states of New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Iowa” and “building up an army of volunteers and supporters around the country, ready for Biden when he enters the race.”
Kendra Barkoff, Biden’s spokesperson, told the Journal when asked about Biden’s presidential ambitions that, “The Biden family is going through a difficult time right now. Any speculation about the views of the vice president or his family about his political future is premature and inappropriate.”