Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly considering a run for president — something his dying son, Beau, urged him to do before his death. But Biden also briefly considered stepping down as vice president in the wake of Beau’s death, the New York Times reports:
In a sign of the conflicting pressures surrounding Mr. Biden, the vice president has told people that the terminal brain cancer of Beau Biden, who died in May, had caused him to consider resigning the vice presidency to take care of his grieving family, though those aware of the vice president’s thinking say that idea never became too serious.
According to the Times, the 72-year-old will likely explore the idea of challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination during a family retreat later this month.
David Axelrod, President Obama’s former adviser, says he understands why Biden would consider running for president, but believes “the reality” is there are too many reasons not to run.
“The fundraising, the demands of campaigning and organizing, the constant and irritating exposure, and the prospect of running against a well-fortified opponent who has a huge head start,”
Axelrod told the paper.
“Add all that up, and it is a counterweight to why he should run.”