If Joe Biden chooses to run, the decision is solely his. While he doesn’t need the President’s permission to run, of course, a potential presidential candidacy was among the topics of their lunch on Monday at the White House. Obama made it clear that he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, he’d be totally cool with it.
The Vice President’s office downplayed the speculation about Joe Biden’s 2016 presidential run. “Sources continue to speculate about something they know nothing about,” Joe Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said. “This lunch was a private meeting between two people — the President and the Vice President.”
“As a general rule, we are not going to confirm the Vice President’s private meetings or provide a readout of them,” an aide to the Vice President told CNN on Monday. Joe Biden is probably going to run, several people involved in discussions told CNN, but as of right now he has not officially made up his mind one way or the other.
The meeting that took place on Monday night, along with his private session on Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, underscores the length he is going to explore a run.
Hillary Clinton is the popular democratic candidate right now, but several former Obama advisers have said they would work for Joe Biden if he decides to run. A Joe Biden confidant who describes the Vice President as “more comfortable” with the idea of running said the sessions are among “several logical and necessary steps” the Vice President and his inner circle would be taking over the next several weeks.