Boston Herald, “Biden’s Dem fans growing impatient” October 7, 2015
By Kimberly Atkins
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden supporters, working to put a campaign apparatus in place, woo potential donors and talk up the vice president’s chances in the Democratic primary, still don’t have a candidate and are getting impatient.
Their burning question: Will he, and when will he?
“We are all waiting for the answer to that question!” said Larry Rasky, Democratic strategist and longtime Biden adviser as Democrats await the decision of whether he will challenge current front-runners Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I think it would be in his best interest to make a decision soon,” said former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman Phil Johnston, who remains uncommitted.
The growing impatience among Democrats comes as Biden has pushed back his own deadline for making a decision several times — from last summer, to the end of September, to the first Democratic debate scheduled for next week, to the end of October.
But time may not be on Biden’s side, as Clinton and Sanders stump heavily through crucial early primary states.
“In order to do well in New Hampshire, you’ve got to get out there and be seen,” said Kathy Sullivan, a former Democratic state committee chairwoman in the Granite State.
Biden’s backers acknowledge the obstacles the waiting game will create for his presidential campaign, should he decide to launch one.
“Obviously you’re at a disadvantage organizationally” with a late entry, Rasky said. “Iowa is definitely a state where organization matters.”
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