Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) said he would “absolutely support” Vice President Joe Biden if he decides to run for President in the 2016 election, according to The News Journal newspaper.
Biden, who served for more than 35 years as a U.S. senator from Delaware, has “a lifetime of advocacy on behalf of the middle class and unbelievable experience, knowledge and insight into foreign policy,” Markell said Monday, according to the newspaper.
Rumors of a possible Biden bid for the presidency were revitalized earlier this month when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that Biden’s son Beau, who recently died of brain cancer, encouraged his father to run.
Behind the scenes, potential campaign staffers have reportedly been sending resumes and longtime Biden donors have pledged their support if he joins the race.
“When he’s ready to make that decision, there will be a lot of people interested to hear what decision he makes,” Markell said, according to the newspaper. “But otherwise what I think, what anybody else thinks is not really relevant. But I’d absolutely support him.”
If Biden joins the 2016 race, he will be the sixth major candidate competing for the Democrat nomination. A decision is expected in September, according to the newspaper.