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Bi­den weighs bid: For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den is close to de­cid­ing whether to run for pres­i­dent, The New York Times re­ported this week. Bi­den, 76, told al­lies, “If you can per­suade me there is some­body bet­ter who can win, I’m happy not to do it.” Yet the for­mer six-term se­na­tor from Delaware is said to be skep­ti­cal that any of the 30-plus Democrats mulling a bid can de­feat Pres­i­dent Trump. He has led ev­ery na­tional poll of likely pri­mary con­tenders in the past year. Though he chose not to run in the 2016 race fol­low­ing the death of his el­dest son, Beau, Bi­den has as­sem­bled a “cam­paign-in-wait­ing” that pre­pares him for a White House run. How­ever, a third Bi­den cam­paign for pres­i­dent—he ran briefly in 1988 and 2008—has en­coun­tered re­sis­tance among Democrats reluctant to tap an older, some­times gaffe-prone white man with sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal bag­gage.

Bi­den: Is he run­ning?

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