By Paul Kane,
Friends and supporters of the late Beau Biden are emerging as a key force behind efforts to help his father, Vice President Biden, become president.
Many of them were classmates at the University of Pennsylvania or Syracuse University’s law school, where Beau Biden met several dozen rising stars. Some from Penn in particular vividly recall meeting then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), both at the Ivy League school and when he hosted his son’s friends at their home just 25 miles from the Philadelphia campus.
“We all want to give back to somebody like that,” said Jonathan Blue, a fraternity brother of Beau Biden’s who runs a private equity firm in Louisville. Blue estimated that 20 alums from Penn have remained part of the political network that would be ready to work for the vice president should he enter the race.
The new energy comes as Biden is giving his most serious consideration to another presidential campaign. He has met with leading party figures, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and President Obama’s former White House counsel, and has been sounding out a contingent of mega-donors to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns who have been hesitant to sign on with the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Beau Biden’s death in May from brain cancer at age 46 has haunted the Biden family and is playing a central role in the vice president’s consideration of a late entry into the 2016 sweepstakes. Beau Biden had been a key booster of the idea that his father should run again for the top White House job.
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But Biden remains deeply conflicted, telling Democrats in a conference call Wednesday that he is trying to determine whether he has the “emotional fuel” to jump into the race.
“If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up,” he said in the call, which was recorded by CNN.
Some longtime confidants of Biden also remain wary of a presidential bid, but there’s more energy among Democrats who are worried about Clinton’s sagging poll numbers …Read More
Beau Biden's friends and supporters: We're ready for Joe Biden – Washington Post
By Paul Kane,