WASHINGTON, October 19, 2015– Vice President Joe Biden has been teasing a presidential bid for months. Over the weekend, he met with Harold A. Schaitberger, the president of the powerful International Association of Fire Fighters. The meeting made Biden trend across the country on the internet. According to a source familiar with the conversation, Schaitberger strongly indicated Biden was planning to run.
On Monday, Fox News’ chief White House correspondent Ed Henry said that he has confirmed with three separate sources close to Biden that a campaign launch will be announced before the end of the week.
CNN political correspondent Dana Bash weighed in regarding a Biden run:
A source familiar with the process tells me Biden associates are setting up interviews for potential campaign staff positions
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) October 19, 2015
According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Biden currently captures 19 percent of the vote nationally. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton captures 44 percent and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes almost 25 percent.
In August, Biden enjoyed lunch at the White House with President Obama. The two apparently discussed a Biden run for the White House. A short while after their lunch ended, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama had given Biden the green light and his blessing to run for President.
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