Joe Biden is putting together the last bit of his campaign before announcing. His advisers have been offering positions, headquarters locations are being considered, and they’re looking to launch in April. He initially projected a decision by the end of 2018 then January then March and now possibly April. He has also begun the process of reaching out to party donors, influential Democrats, and friends from early primary states.
Biden’s strategist, Steve Ricchetti, has been reaching out to would-be candidates letting them know that Biden is 95 percent committed to running. If Biden were to run, he would be the front-runner based on polls. Biden has the support of about a third of the Democratic electorate with Bernie Sanders close behind.
Everyone seems prepared for Biden to run except Biden himself. He is still worried about putting his family through what would be a difficult campaign. Biden lost one of his sons, Beau, before the last election, and his other son, Hunter, recently went through a high-profile divorce and has struggled with substance abuse. Biden believes that Trump would not hesitate to attack his family, and this seems to be one of the key issues that Biden has been struggling with. He also has said that he doesn’t want to pursue “a fool’s errand,” he said in an appearance at the University of Delaware, “What I don’t want to do is take people’s time, effort and commitment without there being a clear shot that I could be the nominee.”
Some believe that Biden would be a good candidate because he would also be providing Democrats with a moderate alternative to the progressive far-left liberals who have dominated the race thus far. However, others question his success in a field that has become more young, female, and nonwhite. Biden is proud of his belief in bipartisanship, however, his past praises former segregationists, right-leaning columnists, and a proud relationship with former Senator Jesse Helms, a known bigot, ruffle a lot Democrats’ feathers. Even those who may side with Biden ideologically question whether they should nominate someone in their late 70s.
Biden’s team has been recruiting high-profile operatives like Pete Kavanaugh, who ran New Hampshire for Obama in 2012, Kenny D. Thompson, Jr., who worked with Biden in his vice-presidential office, and Cristóbal Alex, who worked the Clinton campaign as a former minority-outreach official.
If Biden hopes to retain the support that he currently has, he will need to make his decision soon, otherwise, supporters may begin looking at their other options. Biden has been unphased by this pressure and will make his decision when he’s ready.
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