U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday that he is still weighing his options for 2016 and is unsure whether he has the "emotional fuel" to mount another run for the White House. File Photo: Billy Weeks/UPI | License Photo
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing his options for the 2016 election, telling his party's leaders Wednesday he's unsure if he has the "emotional fuel" to wage another campaign for president.
Biden, who has twice run for the White House, has yet to formally launch a campaign despite the urging of some in his party and the wishes of his late son, Beau Biden.
"We are dealing at home with ... whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run," Biden told members of the Democratic National Committee during a conference call, CNN reported. "I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul -- and right now, both are pretty well banged up."
The vice president previously said his late son, Beau -- who died of cancer in May -- had encouraged him to again run for president.
Wednesday's conference call was supposed to be private, but CNN reported that it somehow gained access to the discussion.
"Believe me, I've given this a lot of thought and dealing internally with the family on how we do this," Biden reportedly said.
The former Delaware senator ran for president in 1988 and 2008 -- losing the Democratic nomination each time to Michael Dukakis and President Barack Obama, respectively.
Some big money donors to the Democratic Party are keeping a close eye and ear on what Biden does and says -- particularly those who are not happy with the current candidates. In fact, some who are already backing Hillary Clinton might jump ship and put their money behind Biden should he enter the race, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
A final decision from Biden is expected in either late September or early October, CNN's report said.