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Pro-Biden Super PAC Launches First TV Ad, Urging 2016 Run

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Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: AP) Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC)-  "Joe, run."

That's the message of a new ad out from a group pushing for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race for president.

Delaware's favorite son still hasn't announced a decision on whether he'll make another run at the presidency.

The political action committee Draft Biden has been publicly urging him to do so for months. Now, the group is out with its most visible effort yet - a newt V ad.

It's titled "My Redemption." And it uses Biden's own words from a speech he gave in May at Yale University. He's talking about the car crash that killed his wife and daughter and injured his sons more than 40 years ago.

"By focusing on my sons, I found my redemption," said Biden in the speech.

The sound from Biden used in the ad starts with his own story and then expands to a broader, forward-looking theme.

"t will be up to you in this changing world to translate those unprecedented capabilities into a greater measure of happiness and meaning, not just for yourself but for the world around you."

The final words on the screen are "Joe, run."

Biden has been considering a run but unable to decide if he wants to pursue it. The death of his son and former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in May weighs heavy on him and his family.

Sam Hoff, a political science professor at Delaware State University, said Biden is running short on time to get off the fence.

"The first Democratic presidential debate is next Tuesday," he said. "For Joe not to be involved in that, I think would lose some of the momentum that he might have now. Also, within the next month, there are filing deadlines for the states that have primaries or caucuses."

And in the state with the first caucus, Iowa, people involved with Draft Biden agree time is running short.

"I don't know that anybody would put down a yardstick and say, we're going to win,' knowing that it would be very difficult in a short period of time to organize," Kevin McCarthy told Des Moines's CBS affiliate.

Hoff says the combination of if Biden thinks he can win and his family's feelings will result in a decision. Many speculated Biden would decide by the end of summer. That date has come and gone. Hoff expects an announcement soon.

"I would say that any announcement of an actual declaration of campaign would come within the next calendar week. I'm very sure of that."

According to a polling average from Real Clear Politics, Biden has nearly 19 percent of Democrats' support nationwide even though he hasn't officially entered the race.

There are two candidates ahead of him. Hillary Clinton has about 41 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, has just over 25 percent of Democrats' support.
Draft Biden says it's spending upward of $100,000 to air the 90-second ad on national cable networks. The group says the ad was created by ad-maker Mark Putnam, who worked on President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
The super PAC is legally barred from coordinating with a campaign.


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