Joe Biden 2016 Speculation Heats Up Following Elizabeth Warren Meeting

The vice president's meeting with the progressive senator is being taken as a sign.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks after receiving the Green Jobs Champion Award during the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference at the Washington Hilton April 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by a varied coalition including lightweight metals producer Alcoa, the United Steelworks union, the Sierra Club and various other labor, industry and telecommunications leaders, the conference promotes the use of efficient and renewable energy and cooperation in updating the country's energy infrastructure.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla

A private meeting Saturday in Washington between Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a hero of the Democratic Party's progressive wing, quickly became the talk of the town this weekend.

Speculation of a Biden presidential bid in 2016, which he is said to be considering, fueled the Sunday talk show circuit.

"I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Biden. He's a very, very good and decent man. It would be nice to have at least one more lifelong Democrat in the race," Martin O'Malley, a Democratic presidential candidate, said on ABC's This Week. "And I think his wisdom, I think his experience would add much to this."

It's unclear what the two Democrats discussed as the offices of Biden and Warren wouldn't comment on the meeting, leaving politicians and pundits speculating about the prospect of his late entry into the race.

"All I can say is, if I were Hillary [Clinton], I would say [to Biden], 'Don't jump in.' If I were Joe Biden, I'd probably give it very serious consideration," Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor of California who ran for president in 1976, 1980 and 1992, said on NBC's Meet The Press.

Joshua Alcorn, senior adviser to the group Draft Biden 2016, said it was "no surprise" that Biden would talk to Warren. "She has important, incredible ideas on making the economy work for everyone," he said on Fox News Sunday. Though he had no inside information on the vice president's intentions, he said voters are "enthusiastic to see Joe Biden in this race" as they're looking for "authenticity in their candidates."

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on This Week that Biden wouldn't be a tougher opponent than Clinton. "I think they're the same," he said, calling Clinton "damaged" by her e-mail controversy.

Though polls show Clinton with a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, Biden, 72, could be competitive in a general election. A recent Quinnipiac survey found him outperforming Clinton (though not by much) against Republicans Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio in key states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

"I think that would be a great ticket," Larry Rasky, a longtime strategist and confidant of Biden's, quipped to the Boston Globe, referring to a hypothetical Biden/Warren ticket. Despite being courted by the left, Warren has repeatedly said she won't run for president in 2016.

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