The last few days have been filled with good News for those who have not jumped out of the Joe Biden for President ship. First an unannounced meeting with US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) was reported on Saturday, on Sunday The Wall Street Journal published that the Vice President is “leaning” towards the idea of running in 2016, and yesterday Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama considers choosing Biden as his Vice President as the “smartest decision he’d ever made in politics.”

While no official announcement has been made by Biden, these are just the latest hints about his intentions to make a late jump into the race for President.

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For months now, different media outlets have reported about his intentions to run. Some reports have included private conversations with his late son Beau Biden, who encouraged him to challenge Hillary Clinton.

Does Joe Biden have a chance against the former Secretary of State?

Hillary Clinton is still the favorite candidate among Democrat voters according to a poll released on August 20, by the Quinnipiac University. The poll that included Vice President Biden as a primary candidate was taken in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

However, when talking about the general election, Clinton numbers go down as she trails Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, in Florida.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden
Vice President Joseph R. Biden

Though Biden numbers may not have him in the lead in the primaries, the Vice President defeats Donald Trump in all three states and by larger margins than Clinton does in that same poll. 

While it may be too early to take polls as something more than circumstantial evidence, Clinton’s campaign failings to address the controversy regarding her private email use during her time as Secretary of State, have weakened her as viable candidate for the general election.

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If Biden decided to run, this would be his third attempt to reach the White House. His first unsuccessful attempt was back in 1988, when he had to end his campaign due to a plagiarizing controversy, after he delivered, without attribution, parts of a speech by British Labour party leader Neil Kinnock. In 2008 his campaign ended shortly after his poor results, only 1 percent of the vote, in the Iowa Caucus. Earlier this year the Vice President said that he would announce his decision by the end of the summer, if we take him at his word he still has until September 22.

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