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Biden is entering race, says US lawmaker

In this October 2, 2014 photo, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden speaks at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In this October 2, 2014 photo, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden speaks at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

"I have a very good source close to Joe that tells me VP Biden will run for Prez," Congressman Brendan Boyle has tweeted.

A U.S. lawmaker has said that Vice-President Joe Biden will run for presidency, even as the White House said a decision on the bid would be announced “relatively soon.”

“I have a very good source close to Joe that tells me VP Biden will run for Prez,” Congressman Brendan Boyle tweeted on Monday.

Responding to critics that it is too late for Mr. Biden to enter the race, Congressman Brendan, who represents Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district in the House of Representatives, reminded his followers that Bill Clinton, the former U.S. President, entered the race in October 1992.

If Biden decides to run for presidency, he would be pitted against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

The White House indicated on Monday that a decision on this might be coming soon.

“I think the laws of physics will require that this is a decision that would be announced relatively soon because the date of these contests is coming up. But for the precise date, that’s something that only the Vice-President knows,” the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters at his daily news conference.

Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday. Given the level of speculation, all eyes are expected to be on the two leaders.

Meanwhile, a CNN poll released on Monday said Ms. Clinton leads the Democratic presidential race with 45 per cent, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (29 per cent) and Mr. Biden, who is considering a run for presidency, with 18 per cent.

The White House Press Secretary told reporters that he knows there’s plenty of speculation about the urgency of the political calendar.

“Ultimately, this will be a decision for Vice-President Biden to make... He’ll make a decision when he’s prepared to make it,” he said.

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