Vice President Biden’s sister says she has not spoken to her brother about a run for the White House in 2016.
“I have not had a single conversation with him about it,” Valerie Biden Owens told The News-Journal of Delaware on Monday.
Owens, who has led all of Biden’s past political campaigns, on Monday said the Biden family has not been “gathering around to decide whether [Joe] will run for president. He’ll decide when he decides.”
Her comments raise fresh doubts about how seriously Biden is considering a run for president.
News reports last weekend sparked a new round of speculation that Biden could enter the Democratic primary field. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote Biden was seriously weighing a run because his son Beau urged him to do so in the days before he passed away.
The vice president has received an outpouring of goodwill and support since Beau Biden’s passing. Some Democratic strategists have said there is room in the field for Biden, who could present a credible alternative to the frontrunner, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE.
Margaret Aitken, a former Senate press secretary to Biden, said she has not spoken to him about 2016 but said, “my gut feeling is that he will run.”
“I am sure he is doing what he has always done, sitting down with the people closest to him and having serious discussions about what a race would look like and most importantly, what impact it would have on his family,” she told the News-Journal. “Especially now.”
Biden, 72, would face serious obstacles if he enters the race. Clinton has a major fundraising and polling advantage over her Democratic rivals and her campaign has scooped up many of the top operatives and donors in the party.
“As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the vice president is focused on his family and immersed in his work,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said in a statement.