Biden staff reportedly met with DNC

Vice President Biden’s aides met with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) earlier this week to discuss the 2016 presidential election, a new report says.

The DNC briefed Biden’s representatives about the rules for seeking the Democratic nomination, according to The New Yorker.

The meeting is stoking speculation about Biden's plans, with the vice president weighing a bid for the White House.


“I think it means he’s running,” an anonymous DNC source told the magazine Thursday.

The New Yorker reported that DNC staff explained the 2016 primary calendar, filing deadlines and ballot-access issues during the meeting.

They also gave a state-by-state rundown of the selection process for delegates and super-delegates.

The DNC reportedly offered the same courtesy to five of the formal Democratic White House hopefuls earlier this year.

It met with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE (I-Vt.), former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) and former Govs. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), The New Yorker said.

“DNC staff offers all Democratic presidential candidates and potential candidates briefings on the ballot and delegate process,” a DNC spokesperson said, refusing comment on whether the organization had officially met with Biden’s staff.

The New Yorker reports that the meeting allegedly made Biden’s staff realize the clock is ticking.

“They probably thought they had a lot longer,” the publication’s source noted. "The deadlines for qualifying on the ballots for key states hasn’t passed yet, but are fast approaching.”

Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE is seriously considering a third Oval Office bid but is unsure if he is ready in the wake of his son Beau Biden’s death in May from brain cancer.

Before passing away, Beau Biden reportedly urged his father to seek the White House.

A super-PAC lobbying for a 2016 Joe Biden campaign sparked controversy by using the vice president’s family in a television ad earlier this week.

Draft Biden announced on Thursday it is yanking the clip after aides close to the vice president said he didn't want it to air.

There is voter enthusiasm for a potential Biden run in national polls.

He presently ranks third out of seven Democratic contenders with 18.9 percent support, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.