Biden reportedly hints to labor leader that he's likely to run

Vice President Biden spoke on Friday with a powerful labor leader and strongly hinted that he was planning to run for president, sources familiar with the situation told CNN.

Biden spoke by phone with Harold A. Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, (IAFF), reportedly talking campaign strategy and telling him a decision on a potential 2016 bid is imminent.

The source said the call is one of several feelers the vice president has put out in order to gauge his support in the Democratic primary.


Schaitberger declined to comment on the call to CNN, saying he does not discuss private conversations.

But the union boss told New York Magazine earlier this week that Biden would get the firefighter union's backing if he jumped into the race.

“If the VP were to announce his candidacy, our membership would certainly be very inclined to support his candidacy,” he told the magazine.

The IAFF appeared poised to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but the influential firefighters guild backtracked after members reportedly lost faith with the Democratic front-runner.

Clinton has racked up the most support from big labor in the early stages of the Democratic primary, but some groups are still holding back to allow Biden time to make a decision.

Following her opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which is anathema to unions, Clinton picked up an endorsement from the National Education Association (NEA), the largest labor union in the country.

This story has been updated.