Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly making moves for the Democratic nomination. Biden's advisers have started reaching out to Democratic leaders and donors who haven't committed their support to Hilary Clinton, the New York Times reports. So far Biden is keeping his potential bid on the down low; conversations "have taken place in hushed phone calls and over quiet lunches" and are in part inspired by Clinton's recent drop in the polls.
Biden is also reportedly motivated by the death of his son, 46-year-old Beau Biden, in June:
“He was so close to Beau and it was so heartbreaking that, frankly, I thought initially he wouldn’t have the heart,” Michael Thornton, a Boston lawyer who is a Biden supporter, said in an interview. “But I’ve had indications that maybe he does want to — and ‘that’s what Beau would have wanted me to do.’ ”
If he does decide to run, Biden will join a Democratic field that includes Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee, along with Clinton. He'll face off against 18 declared Republican candidates including (but not limited to) Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted, Cruz, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump.
It's a crowded field, and Biden is reportedly still undecided, but one things's for sure: If he decides to run, primary debates will be a lot more interesting. Biden vs. Trump, anyone?