Former Vice President Joe Biden is weighing a run for the presidency, but people close to him say that while he's confident he can win, he's also concerned that President Donald Trump and his top allies could make his family an issue in a tough-fought race to keep the White House.
“I understand how anyone running could be concerned about the ways in which President Trump demonstrated in the 2016 election an enthusiasm for attacking not just his opponents but his family, including famously by making things up,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., told NBC News.
He said he offered Biden his advice to do "what he does best, which is focus on the positive and let others take up the mantle of defending his family, his record and his honor to the extent that’s at all necessary."
Biden has told his closest aides this week that he's running a few "traps" before deciding on a race, including speaking with his family members, reports NBC.
His second son, Hunter, who has faced both battles with substance abuse and a difficult divorce, recently told Vanity Fair he does not think his issues will affect his father's campaign.
His team, though, has been working for some time to lay the campaign groundwork, which at this point could put his start after April 1 and into the second fundraising quarter.
Meanwhile, several other candidates have already announced and have been raising funds, including 2016 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who brought in $4 million, mainly in small-dollar donations, within hours after his weekend announcement.
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