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Joe Biden Super PAC Busily Prepping for a 2016 Run

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:11 PM

With Hillary Clinton the preferred Democrat for president in next year's election up to this point, there is a growing movement to convince Vice President Joe Biden to join the fray.

In March, it was reported that a super PAC called Draft Biden 2016 had been working behind the scenes to drum up support for his candidacy.

The Daily Beast followed up with a piece this week, saying the super PAC is working on Biden endorsements in key states as the 2016 campaign begins to pick up steam.

Biden, reports The Daily Beast, could announce his presidential plans — whether or not he decides to run — by the end of the summer.

"On that thin thread, Draft Biden 2016, a SuperPAC designed to draft him into the race, is lining up endorsements in Iowa, the first contest, and organizing house parties and meet-ups across the country, from Maryland to Alaska," writes Eleanor Clift in The Daily Beast.

Will Pierce, the executive director of Draft Biden 2016, told The Beast the goal is to have a core group of Biden supporters in every state.

"I just like to say that," Pierce said regarding trying to gain Biden support in Alaska. "I've been doing national campaigns for years, and I never heard anybody say that. Support for the vice president is strong, even in the last frontier!"

Pierce worked for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but The Daily Beast reports he is less experienced at raising money for candidates. Still, the PAC has a handful of major donors and will reportedly take in $500,000 by the end of the current quarter.

Clinton, despite being enveloped in scandals regarding her use of private email addresses during her time as secretary of state and the administration's reaction to the 2012 Benghazi attacks, is the leading Democrat in every poll. And she's taking in piles of money for her campaign.

"I have nothing but respect for her [Hillary Clinton], but eight years ago, she was inevitable, and look what happened," Pierce told The Daily Beast. "It's like the playoffs, you want to make sure your candidate is ready."

Earlier this year, Biden said "there's a chance" he could run for president.

"But I haven't made my mind up about that. We got a lot of work to do between now and then. There's plenty of time," Biden said.

Biden's travel schedule earlier this year also fueled reports that he could be thinking about joining the presidential race.

Critics, however, have questioned whether some of Biden's behavior is appropriate and presidential. Biden has been caught on hot mics cursing and saying other questionable things, and he was caught in a very uncomfortable public moment involving the wife of Defense Secretary Ash Carter in February.

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