When Vice President Biden is asked if he will run for his boss’s job, he is very careful with his answer.
In a serious and emotional interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Biden said potential candidates shouldn’t enter the race unless they were willing to give it “110 percent.” And at the time, he said he wasn’t there yet.
But as the nation prepares for CNN’s two-hour Democratic debate on Tuesday, pressure is growing on Biden to announce something, anything.
As NBC noted this morning, it’s time for Biden to make a decision. And CNN has even gone as far as bringing an extra podium with them to Las Vegas, just in case the man who is currently coming in third in polls among Democrats decides to run.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 12, 2015
The Democratic Party is at an interesting crossroads. The one candidate who was expected to be their obvious nominee by now, Hillary Clinton, is falling in the polls – especially when Biden is included. The party’s longtime independent ally, Bernie Sanders, is continuing his surge in key primary states, an indication that his campaign is becoming a serious organization. And as for the party’s outliers – Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee, and Martin O’Malley – their campaigns just aren’t gaining any traction.
But what many Democrats will openly acknowledge is that Clinton is becoming less desirable, Sanders isn’t viable, and the other candidates are not even in their minds.
The one person, however, who does have the experience to capture a nomination victory, is Joseph R. Biden.
Joe Biden’s political career has been long and is full of accomplishments. His personality is chock-full of charm and wit, allowing him to communicate with voters in Iowa just as easily as he does with those in California. And his tenure as Vice President has put him in the sidecar of an administration that almost 87% of Democrats support. Throw in the fact that he has survived a number of personal tragedies, the latest being the death of his son, Beau, and his story is one that even the most conservative voter can be sympathetic to.
In President Obama’s Sunday interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, he acknowledged the fact that he cannot run for another term, but said he could win again if he was on the ballot. For the 86% of Democrats that would likely support a third Obama term, Joe Biden is probably their guy.
In fact, if Joe Biden does announce within the next 48-72 hours, he will probably become the preferred candidate of most Democrats over time.
Democrats feel trapped, and Biden could be their liberator.
As for Republicans, a Biden candidacy could step up the campaign rhetoric about a third Obama term. With the Vice President in the race, there is a much higher possibility that the bulk of Obama’s policies will be continued, including key legislation and positions like Obamacare and opposition to the Keystone Pipeline.
No one can honestly say whether a Biden candidacy would go all the way to national convention, just like one could not possibly say whether it would be good or bad for the Republican’s chances in 2016. But one undeniable fact is that a Biden candidacy would shake the Democratic Party to its core, changing the dynamic of the entire 2016 election.
Plus, a Biden campaign could provide the nation with much-needed laughs.