Vice President Biden will headline a pair of Democratic fundraisers this spring in crucial primary states, a scheduling decision likely to feed speculation that he is considering a White House bid.
The vice president will headline the Michigan Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Detroit this April, the Associated Press reported Friday. The wire service also reported that Biden will go to Columbia, S.C., in May for that state's Democratic Party dinner.
South Carolina and Michigan are both among the early voting states that typically shape the Democratic Party's nominating process for the presidency.
Biden would be an early favorite in the Democratic field if former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama to net 0K for Wall Street speech: report O'Reilly ‘sad’ not to be on TV, ‘surprised how it all turned out' Overnight Cybersecurity: White House adviser ditches cyber panel over 'fake news' | Trump cyber order 'close' | GOP senator pushes for clean renewal of foreign intel law MORE opted against another run. The vice president signaled strong interest in a potential bid while campaigning for Obama’s reelection last fall.
President Obama is also planning to travel in April, with plans to headline his first Democratic fundraiser of the 2014 election cycle at an event next month in San Francisco with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).
The White House has confirmed that the president intends to hold at least 14 fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates, with 10 of the events set for outside of Washington, D.C.