US Vice President Joe Biden has received President Barack Obama’s “blessing” to run for president, the New York Times reported.
The US will hold a presidential election on Nov. 8 2016 in which the American people will elect the country's 45th president. A number of Republican and Democrat candidates have already announced their candidacy for the position.
Vice President Joe Biden has neither confirmed nor denied his candidacy so far. According to the New York Times, Biden will most likely make his decision by next month.
President Barack Obama made it clear that he would not counsel Biden against running, according to CNN and some anonymous sources.
“On August 2 that the vice president has been edging toward a campaign, since the death of his son Beau in May,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said.
Obama and Biden came together for lunch on Monday. Furthermore, Biden also had an unscheduled meeting with Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren over the weekend to talk about the presidential race and his intentions, it was reported.
Biden has been debating with his team how to make a his candidacy a reality, having already sought out Democratic leaders and donors who have yet to publicly endorse the frontrunner Hilary Clinton, the New York Times reported.