Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE was spotted traveling in the Caribbean this week as the former Democratic vice president weighs potentially launching a 2020 White House bid.
A former mayor from Michigan told Hometown Life that he ran into Biden on St. Croix and approached him to express his admiration.
“I can only surmise that he is going to sit back and think about it here,” Tedd Wallace, the former mayor of South Lyon, told the outlet. “It’s 83 and breezy every day.”
He noted that Biden was without an entourage when he ran into him at an island grocery store on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Biden was on the island to work through remaining concerns with his wife, Jill, before he is expected to announce a bid.
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The decision by Biden, who served eight years as former President Obama’s vice president, looms large over the current primary field, as Biden would almost certainly leap to the top tier of the already packed field should he decide to run for president.
Sources familiar with Biden’s plans told The Hill last month that he is almost certain to decide to run for the White House again in what would be his third presidential bid.
As Biden weighs his next move with his wife in the Caribbean, more than a dozen declared Democratic candidates are crisscrossing the country, hitting crucial early primary states to gin up support to propel them to the party’s nomination.
Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) and more have been traveling to early voting states after declaring their candidacies.
Still, several potential Democratic candidates have removed themselves from consideration: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Ohio) and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined this week make presidential bids of their own, further opening up Biden’s possible lane to run as a centrist in a field dominated by progressives.