IT’S NOT just anyone talking about Joe Biden‘s potential bid for the White House this time. The Associate Press has obtained an email from former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, one of Biden’s closest political advisers.
“He believes we must win this election,” Kaufman said. “Everything he and the president have worked for — and care about — is at stake.”
Clinton and her top rival in the race, Sen. Bernie Sanders, have been campaigning for months and have raised tens of millions of dollars, giving them a huge head start that would make it tough for Biden to mount a viable challenge. The first filing deadlines in some states are just weeks away and Biden currently has no operation in key states. Alluding to those concerns, Kaufman said Biden was “aware of the practical demands of making a final decision soon.”
“If he decides to run, we will need each and every one of you — yesterday!” Kaufman wrote in the letter, distributed to Democratic operatives who worked for Biden in the Senate, in the White House or on his previous presidential campaigns.
Along with Kaufman, Biden chief of staff Steve Ricchetti and political adviser Mike Donilon are part of the triangle in charge of the process of keeping Joe Biden’s name in the mix.
There’s no doubt Biden’s entry is complicated a bit by Hillary Clinton’s debate performance this week, which may not have brought new people into the Hillary camp, but did bring relief to many establishment Democrats.
The next marker is Clinton’s Benghazi testimony, though if Biden wants in he’s obviously looking to October 24 and the Iowa JJ dinner. He’s going to be competing with Hillary bringing Katy Perry into Des Moines.
Tick tock, Joe.