- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2015

The White House said Thursday that President Obama is giving Vice President Joseph R. Biden all the time he needs to make the “intensely personal” decision of whether to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The decision that anyone makes to run for president of the United States is an intensely personal one,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “This president understands that. And that’s why we have gone to great lengths to try to give the vice president the time and space that he has earned to make this intensely personal decision.”

Mr. Biden told members of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday that he’s trying to figure out whether he and his family have the “emotional fuel” to wage a campaign for the White House after the death of his son Beau from brain cancer in May.

“If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged-up,” he told DNC members on a conference call.

Many Democrats have been urging Mr. Biden to run, a push that has intensified as Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers continue to sag this summer.

Mr. Earnest told reporters traveling with the president to New Orleans that the vice president “has earned the right to make this decision on a time frame of his own choosing.”

“It takes some time to build a viable and even successful national campaign,” he said. “The vice president is somebody whose mounted two national campaigns himself and he’s been on the national ticket twice. So he understand that. But he’ll make those decisions about what pressures he feels as it relates to timing based on his own experience and on his own analysis of the current situation.”

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