There is a fair amount of speculation as to whether Vice-President Joe Biden will enter the Democratic Primary race for the 2016 Presidential Election. The current contenders are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the latter a self-proclaimed Socialist. Clinton has long been considered the leading candidate for the Democrats in 2016, but her legal woes with the email controversy may derail her chances. Add to that her ineptitude in the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the fact that a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that 51% of voters have an unfavorable impression of her, and her candidacy may just implode. Biden, on the other hand, ranks favorably in that same poll, as well as enjoying a lead over Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
At this time, the Vice-President is undecided on a possible candidacy, citing his emotional state after the recent death of his son, Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware. Reportedly, Beau Biden’s dying wish was that his father would run for president in 2016, and his brother, Hunter, has urged his father to enter the race. Aside from his positive poll numbers, the Vice-President would likely have the blessing of President Obama, and that would appeal to those voters who would like to see the “Hope and Change” of the present administration continue.
The Democratic Party may likely see Biden as their best chance to retain residency of the White House for another term. Although Bernie Sanders is leading Clinton in states like New Hampshire, many political pundits doubt he will ride his current wave of popularity into the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. His extreme political views are likely the reason the media does not treat him as a serious candidate, and why Hillary ignores him.
The spotlight will be on Vice-President Biden as the country awaits his decision, which is sure to come sooner than later. If he does decide to throw his hat in the ring, the Democratic race will quickly become a lot more interesting.