WASHINGTON- A decision from Vice President Joe Biden, about whether a presidential run is in his future, could be just days away. MSNBC has reported that a decision could be made by Wednesday. This follows months of speculation, especially as the first filing deadline looms on Nov. 6.
On Delmarva, there's an added interest, in particular for those in the First State, due to the local ties. At the Georgetown Family Restaurant, 82-year old Betty McElroy, of Wilmington, said she will be watching closely. McElroy, who owns property in Dewey Beach, said that she is a life-long Republican, but that she would be willing to switch for Biden.
"Dyed in the wool Republican," she said. "But I would vote for Joseph Biden if he ran for president... Because I feel he's the home-boy. He'd do a great job for the government and the country."
Meanwhile in Milton, Bruce Smith was eating lunch with friends at Modern Mixture Too in Milton. Smith is also a Republican, and said that the death of the vice president's son, Beau Biden, would be a major factor in whether he should run.
"He should do it if he can get over his emotional state," he said. "With his son passing and all that. If he can handle the pressure, then he should run to give Hillary a challenge for the Democratic nod."
In downtown Lewes, twins Sharon Cowart and Karen Bryski were talking politics. Cowart said that a decision should be made in a timely manner.
"I think if Vice President Biden is going to run, he needs to let us know in the next 24 hours. Because I'm tired of hearing 'is he or isn't he,'" she said.
Biden spent Tuesday morning in Washington at a forum honoring former vice president Walter Mondale. He cast himself as President Obama's right hand man.
"I spend between," he said. "Depending on the season, four to seven hours a day - every single day - with the president. I attend every single meeting the president has. At his request. I did not ask to do that."
Tuesday morning polls from CNN/ORC showed that Clinton sits on top, among Democratic voters, with 48 percent. Bernie Sanders is in second place with 21 percent, and Biden currently has 17 percent. The poll also found that more than 40 percent of Clinton and Sander's supporters said that they would be at least "somewhat likely" to back a Biden run.