Joe Biden 2016 Chatter Stoked By Meeting With Democrats, Other Hints – The Huffington Post
Joe Biden in 2016? The inauguration is barely over but the vice president already is dropping plenty of hints that he might have another political act.Biden packed his schedule with events and receptions attended by party stalwarts throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities, stoking speculation he may be laying the groundwork to carry the torch from President Barack Obama.
It comes after Biden played a prominent role in brokering a compromise on the fiscal cliff standoff with Congress and his work developing gun violence legislation following December’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut.The next presidential campaign is a long way off and the Democratic primary chase will be dotted with plenty of “ifs,” most notably whether outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton decides to seek the nomination.
Clinton, the former New York senator and first lady, remains the heavy favorite among party activists but several notable Democrats, including Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, are said to be keeping their options open in case Clinton decides not to run again.