‘It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in…’
“It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in,” one source with direct knowledge of the campaign told The Hill. Biden is “95 percent there,” the source added.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed speculation about Biden’s potential 2020 move on Thursday after meeting with him.
“Oh, yes,” she told CNN when asked if she believes Biden will run.
Biden would enter an already crowded Democratic primary field and is searching for ways to make his candidacy different. In phone conversations, Biden has made the case for why he’s the best candidate Democrats have.
“Here are the facts: He’s coming off a great midterm,” said Robert Wolf, a Democratic mega-donor who spoke to Biden on Wednesday.
Wolf said Biden’s ability to campaign anywhere was one of his biggest advantages over those on the extreme Left.
Most onlookers assume that despite his Obama cachet with liberals, Biden will use his carefully-crafted image as a blue-collar, working man’s career politician to stake out a spot near the political center.
“He has been the most popular surrogate during the midterms and one of the only surrogates that can play in all 50 states,” Wolf said, “and that has given him a lot of confidence that he can do well in a national election.”
Sources close to Biden said he has taken his time making this decision because he already has the national attention and name recognition many of the Democratic candidates are trying to earn.
“He feels incredibly excited to enter the race,” Wolf said. “He feels he would be the best candidate and he’s ready to go for it. That’s what it felt like to me.”
But not everybody thinks Biden has what it takes to unify Democrats. As the party continues to embrace radical socialist policies, Biden, 76, will have to answer for an extensive Senate voting record supporting once-mainstream measures that are now seen as anathema to the Left.
Moreover, Leftists who lately have rejoiced over sending a record number of women and people of color to Congress may think the party needs to move away from an older, white, male candidate.
Establishment Democrats like Feinstein, though, will likely back Biden’s candidacy.
“He made me the first woman on the Judiciary Committee 26 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it,” Feinstein said. “I’ve known him, I’ve worked with him, and it’s just a logical step for me.”
One crucial endorsement that he has yet to secure is Obama’s. The former president notably has appeared to snub his second-in-command by interviewing several upstarts and talking about the need for new blood.
Speculation that his wife, Michelle, could run might also have something to do with Obama’s overtly distancing himself from the ex-veep.