Biden Not Sure He Has 'Emotional Fuel' for 2016

Plenty of Obama fundraisers are willing to help
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2015 11:46 PM CDT
Updated Aug 27, 2015 12:30 AM CDT
Biden Not Sure He Has 'Emotional Fuel' for 2016 Bid
In this July 14, 2014, photo, Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Joe Biden is very familiar with the pressures of presidential campaigns and he's not sure if he can deal with them just a few months after the death of his son. In a conference call with dozens of Democratic National Committee members, the vice president said he and his family are weighing whether there's the "emotional fuel" for a 2016 bid, CNN reports. "If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up," he said, per CNN. During the call, he "sounded like he was a man in the midst of a big decision," a source tells Politico.

Will he actually run? A lot of President Obama's fundraisers think so and, uneasy about the Hillary Clinton email debacle, are waiting to see what he decides or are actively trying to draft him, reports the Washington Post, which notes that just 52 of Obama's 770 fundraisers from 2012 have signed up with Clinton. "At this point, I don't think Hillary Clinton is electable in a general election," one top 2012 fundraiser for Obama tells the Wall Street Journal. Asked whether Obama would support Clinton or Biden if Biden runs, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president hadn't told him, adding that since he chose Biden as VP, Obama clearly believes he has the "aptitude for the job of president of the United States." (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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