For months, reports have anticipated Vice President Joe Biden to announce his decision whether or not to enter the 2016 presidential race by October 1. He currently stands at 20% in national polls without even trying. A recent NBC News/WSJ poll concluded that Biden would be a stronger general election candidate than Hillary Clinton. He has visited the late night television interview circuit and he reportedly has gotten the green light from his wife, Jill Biden.
All this, to lead up to Decision Day on October 1. So will Biden run?
Vice President Joe Biden has extended his window for deciding whether to jump into the 2016 presidential campaign, several Democrats say, allowing the contest to play out even longer before he answers one of the biggest questions hanging over the race for the White House. He is not preparing for the first Democratic debate on October 13 in Las Vegas and is not expected to participate, people close to him say, because he feels no pressure to reach a decision by then. He is likely to reveal his plans in the second half of October.
…Biden has said he would only run if he was certain he had a path to victory, several Democrats who have spoken to him say, a hurdle that he increasingly believes is within reach. But he is still unsure whether he and his family are ready for the campaign’s emotional toll, these Democrats say, which he has said is the chief benchmark for running.
For what it’s worth, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify before the House Benghazi Committee on October 22.
October is going to be a very interesting month for the Democratic Party.