July 30, 2015
Will he or won't he?
That's the question surrounding Vice President Joe Biden. While the Democrat has not officially ruled out a run for the 2016 nomination, he has given no serious indication that he will try to succeed President Obama's seat.
The former U.S. Senator from Delaware has his supporters. The Draft Biden campaign has been attempting to get him to enter the fray and challenge Democratic front-runner Hilary Clinton.
As several have pointed out, Biden could certainly pose a serious threat to Clinton and make a push toward accepting the nomination in Philadelphia next year. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, he would also fare well against the current Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Trump, who has emerged as an unlikely favorite while dominating his rivals amongst likely Republican voters, doesn't stack up well against Democrats nationally, according to the poll.
He loses to Clinton and Sanders in a potential general election by 12 and eight percentage points, respectively.
Biden scored just as well. He beats Trump by 12 points (49-37) in a general election, sneaks by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by a point (43-42), and ties with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (43-43).
While the primaries are still far away, speculation about Biden's potential run may only grow larger as the race heats up. Sanders has managed to chip away at Clinton's giant lead with his far-left platform, and the former Secretary of State has had her trustworthiness questioned due to her use of a personal email account while in office. She'll appear before a congressional committee on the Benghazi attacks in October.
Biden currently garners 13 percent of Democratic voters to Clinton's 55 and Sanders' 17.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between July 23-28. It surveyed 710 Republicans and 681 Democrats and had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.