Sen. Kristen Gillibrand said if she had to put money on it, she thinks Vice President Joe Biden will run for president.
At Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday, the New York Democrat called Biden “a wonderful public servant who cares deeply about issues.”
Speculation around whether Biden will throw his hat in the ring has grown in recent months, but the vice president said he’s in no rush to make a decision.
“If I was a betting woman, I’d say he would. I think he’s always aspired to it. He’s been a vice president for a long time,” Gillibrand, a long-time supporter of 2016 hopeful Hillary Clinton, said.
While Biden has yet to announce, CNN said it has a lectern in place should he decide to participate in Tuesday’s first Democratic debate.
Some financial backers disenchanted with Clinton over her ongoing email scandal are urging the vice president to run. A group of major donors, including DNC national finance committee member John Maa, wrote Biden a letter in September pledging their support.
“To finish the job, America needs a leader who is respected both home and abroad, and who understands the real challenges facing American families. In our opinion, the next president must be Joe Biden. If he announces he’s running, we’re all in. It’s a campaign we know he will win,” the letter, obtained by Reuters, said.
Biden is weighing whether it is the right decision after his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died of a brain cancer in May at the age of 46.
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