From: Lee, Carol [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:16 PM
To: Barkoff, Kendra A. EOP; Goodman, Meghan K. EOP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #8 - news
Vice President Biden's speech and Q&A were open press. He made a little news in addressing 2016 so your pooler is passing that along for those who didn't tune in.
After his nearly hour-long speech, Mr. Biden took a few questions that were asked by Stuart Eizenstat. Mr. Eizenstat said he would be stoned if he didn't ask this first question, which was what is VPOTUS's current thinking on a 2016 presidential campaign, what difficult factors is he weighing and what is his timeframe. Mr. Biden's answer was this:
“I will be straightforward with you. The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run. Some might think that is inappropriate. Unless I can go to my party and the American people and say that I am able to devote my whole heart and my whole soul to this endeavor it would not be appropriate. And everybody talks about a lot of other factors: Other people in the race, whether I can raise money and whether I can put together an organization. That’s not the factor. The factor is can I do it. Can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment that we’d be proud to undertake in ordinary circumstances. The honest to God answer is I just don’t know.”
"I know from previous experience after my wife and daughter… There’s no way to put a timetable on that. If I can reach that conclusion and we can do it in a fashion that would still make it viable I would not hesitate to do it. But I have to be honest with you and everyone who’s come to me, I can’t look you straight in the eye and say now I know I can do it.”
Pool is holding in vans outside the synagogue waiting for motorcade departure for the airport.
The Wall Street Journal