Vice President Joe Biden is dropping strong hints that he will indeed enter the 2016 White House fray, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, indicating an announcement is more a question of when than if.
According to the publication, which cited sources familiar with Biden's thinking, he may make his intentions public before the first scheduled Democratic debate on October 13. His team is still debating the best time to jump into the relatively small pool of contenders for the Democratic nomination, and the WSJ stated that Biden may yet decide against a run.
That said, aides told The Journal that plans are moving ahead to sharpen a campaign message and raise funds.
In recent weeks, speculation surrounding the vice president's intentions has reached a fever pitch as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's campaign has seemingly foundered in the wake of an e-mail controversy that's called her trustworthiness into question.
The former Secretary of State still holds a sizable national lead, but has fallen behind Senator Bernie Sanders in key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Although Biden has yet to make his plans clear, recent polling has shown him running competitively in the Democratic field, as well as against the top GOP contenders. The race, however, has been largely characterized by an anti-Washington sentiment that has given rise to outsider candidates such as Sanders and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
The full report can be found on The Journal's website (note subscription may be required).