Joe Biden's son and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden shed some light on his VP father's thoughts on making a 2016 run at the presidency.
“It’s no secret that he’s thinking about this,” Beau Biden told the New York Times. “I’m glad he’s thinking about this. But he hasn’t made up his mind.”
Looming over Joe Biden and every other Democratic candidate's prospects is whether or not Hillary Clinton will make another run. It's quite possible that Clinton doesn't know herself, but she's not doing much to quell the speculation that she will. If she does, Hillary Clinton would enter as the frontrunner. This would present some difficulties, as she would be a target from both sides right away, but her entering the race would knock out a number of would-be contenders, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose decision whether or not to run largely depends on Hillary.
Would Joe Biden run even if Clinton was also in the race? It's something he will consider. Biden is a master of folksy, populist appeal, something that Hillary has always struggled with. Biden would have the difficulty of running as a continuation of the Obama presidency, which could be a tricky proposition: some of the endless barrage of Republican bashing has stuck to Obama, but if the economy is looking up by 2015, running as more of the same could be a winning strategy.
If Clinton chooses not to run, Biden would be the de facto frontrunner of a more crowded field. It would then be up to the Democratic primary voters to decide between old reliable Biden or someone younger and fresher like Cuomo or Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.