Vice President Biden has not ruled out a presidential run, according to NBC News sources — but it is far from clear whether he will enter the 2016 campaign, with much of the Democratic Party already behind Hillary Clinton.
These sources confirmed a New York Times report published Saturday that suggested Biden could still enter the presidential race, and that Biden allies have talked to party activists about the viability of a campaign.
The Times account suggested Biden's late son, Beau, had pushed his father to wage a third campaign for the White House.
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In a statement, Biden's press secretary Kendra Barkoff did not rule out a Biden campaign, instead sidestepping the issue.
"As the Biden family continues to go through this difficult time, the Vice President is focused on his family and immersed in his work," Barkoff said. "In recent weeks, the Vice President has worked on the nuclear deal with Iran, traveled across the country to highlight the administration's economic priorities and more."