Biden in Caribbean to discuss potential 2020 bid with wife: report
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Joe BidenJoe BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE was spotted traveling in the Caribbean this week as the former Democratic vice president weighs potentially launching a 2020 White House bid.

A former mayor from Michigan told Hometown Life that he ran into Biden on St. Croix and approached him to express his admiration.

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"I can only surmise that he is going to sit back and think about it here," Tedd Wallace, the former mayor of South Lyon, told the outlet. "It's 83 and breezy every day."

He noted that Biden was without an entourage when he ran into him at an island grocery store on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Biden was on the island to work through remaining concerns with his wife, Jill, before he is expected to announce a bid.

The decision by Biden, who served eight years as former President Obama's vice president, looms large over the current primary field, as Biden would almost certainly leap to the top tier of the already packed field should he decide to run for president.

Sources familiar with Biden’s plans told The Hill last month that he is almost certain to decide to run for the White House again in what would be his third presidential bid.

As Biden weighs his next move with his wife in the Caribbean, more than a dozen declared Democratic candidates are crisscrossing the country, hitting crucial early primary states to gin up support to propel them to the party’s nomination. 

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall In shift, top CEOs say shareholder value not top goal MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity MORE (D-Minn.) and more have been traveling to early voting states after declaring their candidacies.

Still, several potential Democratic candidates have removed themselves from consideration: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep Dayton mayor: Trump visit after shooting was 'difficult on the community' MORE (D-Ohio) and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined this week make presidential bids of their own, further opening up Biden’s possible lane to run as a centrist in a field dominated by progressives.