Nobody knows for sure if Joe Biden is going to run for president or not, and that apparently includes Joe Biden. The vice president was asked about a 2016 bid during an appearance at an Atlanta synagogue last night and his answer was very similar to what he told Democratic National Committee members last week, reports the Washington Post. Biden, whose eldest son died at the end of May, said he wasn't sure if he could devote his heart and soul to a run or if he had the "emotional energy." The biggest factor, he said, is, "Can I do it? Can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment that we'd be proud to undertake in ordinary circumstances? The honest to God answer is I just don't know."
For now, Biden appears to be testing the waters in what Politico calls a campaign of "plausible deniability." He's been staying away from early voting states, but his schedule for the next week includes a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh and a Stephen Colbert interview, as well as official duties. Biden supporters say he still has plenty of time to enter—and upend—the Democratic race before the Oct. 13 debate. "Everything that happened before the vice president entered the race would be pre-Biden and everything once he got in would be post-Biden," a former Biden staffer in Iowa tells Politico. "They'd be two different races." (This columnist thinks "vice candidate" would be an ideal role for Biden.)