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Vice President Joseph R. Biden has hemmed and hawed for months about whether to join the race, saying he didn't know if his heart is in it after the death of his son, Beau Biden, in May. (Associated Press)

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The Draft Biden 2016 political action committee has been talking up a presidential run by Vice President Joseph R. Biden for months.

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As the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign is hobbled by security concerns and scandal, speculation is high that Vice President Joseph R. Biden may surpass her. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden had been noncommittal about his plans for next year, though he never ruled out another run for president. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden declared Israel's security will never be threatened, vowing military force against Iran will be used if diplomacy fails. "It's personal for me and it's personal for the president," he said. (Associated Press)

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Melding in: Vice President Joseph R. Biden opened the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism by saying, "We are a nation of immigrants, and our strength is that we are a melting pot." (Associated Press)

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After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel abruptly resigned this week, Vice President Joseph R. Biden let it be known that he was "ticked off" about the way President Obama treated the third Pentagon chief to depart during his term — after less than two years. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden, said to be considering a White House run, has started to distance himself from President Obama. (Associated Press)

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Joseph R. Biden has about three dozen Democratic fundraisers or rallies on his schedule this year alone, according to the vice president's office.

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden galvanized the press and jolted the public when he vowed to pursue the Islamic State "to the gates of Hell" during an appearance at a New Hampshire shipyard Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden exercise at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign.

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) and Sen. John McCain (right), Arizona Republican, offer their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to Saudi Foreign minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 27, 2011. Biden is leading an American delegation in the Saudi capital to offer condolences to King Abdullah after the death of the kingdom's second in line for the throne. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will have a hard time cutting their ties to the Obama administration if they run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will have a hard time cutting their ties to the Obama administration if they run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks April 28, 2014, about the budget and the economy at George Washington University in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks April 28, 2014, about the budget and the economy at George Washington University in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks April 28, 2014, about the budget and the economy at George Washington University in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) arrives at Borispol airport outside Kiev. Mr. Biden launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) arrives at Borispol airport outside Kiev. Mr. Biden launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.