Joe Biden Considering a Run

Biden 'calling around'

Vice President Joe Biden is spending part of his South Carolina vacation calling close friends to discuss a potential 2016 run, a longtime Democratic operative and a source close to Biden who had an extensive phone call with him this week confirmed to NBC News.

Biden is not calling people asking "if" he should run, but saying, "I am thinking about it but I'm also thinking about Beau," according to a source close to Biden. His son Beau Biden passed away in May after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

The source who got a call from Biden this week said, "I think he is doing the analysis and homework."

But added: "I can't emphasize this enough: He is distraught over Beau's passing and working through the grief."

Aides are also "calling around" to Democratic operatives about a 2016 run. The calls were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.