Friends say he did appear interested in feeling out the political realities of getting in the race, and hasn't stopped political advisers from exploring paths to a bid.
August 14, 2015

Will he run? Maybe. We'll find out soon enough:

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (CNN) Presidential candidates are converging on the Iowa State Fair this weekend and Joe Biden is on vacation. As August drags on, he is is sill considering a late White House run, making a select few phone calls to supporters as they consider how he could make a late entrance to the presidential race.

The calls don't focus on a Biden 2016 run - someone who spoke with the vice president this week said the conversation focused on his family after his eldest son's death earlier this summer.

But Biden remains undecided about launching another bid and on the phone he did appear interested in feeling out the political realities of getting in the race, and hasn't stopped political advisers from exploring paths to a bid.

Still elusive, however, are large-scale efforts to put in place a campaign infrastructure in key early voting states.

"Not a word" is how Mary Carey Foley, a Biden supporter and friend in New Hampshire, described her interactions with the vice president recently. She last spoke to the vice president earlier this summer.

"I anticipate having a call with him soon," said James Smith, a South Carolina state legislator who's a supporter of Biden's, who nonetheless hasn't spoken to Biden since late June.

Amid the swirl of information about Biden's political plans there appears at least one truth: the vice president's supporters are still ardently hoping he'll run even though they appear to be hearing little from the man himself.

One person familiar with Biden's calls this week downplayed their significance, noting the vice president "makes calls all the time."

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