Potential Biden bid gathering steam, but not confidence

Democratic sources say Clinton remains the party's best hope

(CNN) – Rumors that Vice President Joe Biden is considering a bid for the Oval Office continue to mount, but not everyone is onboard.

He could be the straight-talking, shoot-from-the-lip candidate many Democrats are craving as an alternative to Hillary Clinton.

Joshua Alcorn from Draft Biden 2016 advertises Biden as “the original authentic candidate. He’s the guy who walk around and talk to people like you and me and talk to people in Iowa and South Carolina and all over the country and really connect with them on a visceral level.”

A movement to draft Joe Biden for president is gaining momentum, collecting some 200,000 signatures. The vice president is fueling speculation himself, considering a run while on vacation in the early primary state of South Carolina.

Potential rival Bernie Sanders, who’s gaining on Clinton, said he would welcome Biden to the race. “He is a very decent guy. He is a friend of mine. If he gets in, that’s great. If he doesn’t get in, that’s great. That’s his decision.”

But not everybody in the Democratic Party is on board.

At the White House, a well-placed Democratic source said there are concerns a Biden candidacy would end badly, damaging his image as an elder statesman, adding, “I’m not getting any sense of a Joe Biden caucus inside the White House.”

But Biden is also seen by some as a safety net for a party, growing nervous about Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email system as Secretary of State. Before the Clintons and the Obamas linked up for golf, and galas on Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend, she accused the GOP of ginning up controversy. “I just provided my server to the Justice Department, but here’s what I won’t do. I won’t get down in the mud with them.”

Then she joked about her new favorite social media app…Snapchat. “I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.”

Still, top Democratic sources say Clinton remains the party’s best hope for protecting and expanding President Obama’s legacy.

There is also deep affection for the Vice President at the white house, where it’s clear officials are giving Biden time to grieve his son Beau’s recent death, and weigh his political future.

Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said, “The President and Vice President are very close and the President has said that he believes his best political decision – the smartest political decision he’s ever made – was choosing Joe Biden to be his running mate.”

A source says the Vice President’s decision is expected by late September.

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