But everyone is waiting for the the other 30% to kick in for 3rd run for the Democratic nomination for President….
So is he…..
The whole run is gamed in todays The Atlantic piece…
He’s the leader of the large group angling for the chance to run against Donald Trump if he lasts in office…Him jumping in would instantly cancel a good many other Democrats chances…But with Hillary Clinton in m ind?…No one would think he’s a lock for the nomination….But he would be a natural to capture what the polling shows…Most of the party establishment and a good amount of voters he and Obama had that defected to Trump two years ago….
Joe Biden has been here before and turned down a run at the last minute before…
So people are waiting for that 30% with view that he’ll probably run…
Joe Biden reliably blows through every public and private deadline for making a decision about running for president. But he’s giving everyone he’s seen in recent weeks the feeling that he’s very close to saying yes.
The urgency of Biden’s planning has stepped up since the beginning of the year and serves as a window into the complexity of this moment in American politics, with Donald Trump halfway through his chaotic first term and a diverse and progressive field of Democrats already lined up to run against him in 2020.
Top positions for a campaign have been sketched out. Donor outreach has accelerated, with Biden himself telling staff at some events to write down the names of people who say they’re eager to help. A list of potential “day-one endorsers” among elected officials has been prepared. Basic staff outreach is happening. Biden has even joked to people that he’s upped his daily workout to get in shape.
“I have been told that if it happens, I need to be ready to go with a moment’s notice,” said one person who’s been in conversations with Biden’s top aides.
Skepticism persists, fed by donors who are wondering why they haven’t heard anything, and operatives who others in the field assumed Biden would have locked down by now are still shopping around for other candidates. Biden pulled the plug at the last minute in 2015, and some of those closest to him warn he still may this time.
Biden has said as much himself.
In January, he went to the New York offices of BlackRock, the major investment firm, for a meeting with Larry Fink, the CEO. They talked about the state of the world and the country, about what’s going on in the markets. Toward the end, Fink said to Biden, “I’m here to help,” according to people told about the conversation.
Biden took it as an offer to sign on with the campaign.
“I’m 70 percent there, but I’m not all the way there,” Biden told Fink…..
The rumor was that Biden WOULD announce within two weeks….