Hunting for Clues in Biden’s Stroll Through Hillary Clinton’s Turf

NYT FDMAGGIE HABERMAN Thursday, September 10, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 10.04.14 AMGood Thursday morning. The debate over the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and among the candidates continues to pull focus onto the national stage. But a major character still waits in the wings as speculation will attach itself to his every move until he decides whether to stay out of view or to step into the campaign lights.
On Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is considering a presidential campaign, will spend a full day in New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home base, raising money for Democrats and appearing with local officials.
Those officials include Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who is supporting Mrs. Clinton. But Mr. Cuomo’s political aides sent an email urging people to come to a rally that he’ll hold with Mr. Biden in support of raising the federal minimum wage.
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who until recently was the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will also meet with Mr. Biden to discuss the backlog of evidence kits in sexual assault cases, which hinders prosecutions and is an important issue for many women.
Mr. Biden has identified with both issues — workers’ rights and ending violence against women — throughout his career; they are also of premium importance to the Democratic base.
Later, he will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” an eagerly anticipated appearance in a setting that is likely to suit Mr. Biden. And he’ll raise money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at an event hosted by James Torrey, a longtime bundler for President Obama, and by Gary Hindes, a friend of Mr. Biden’s for four decades.
As with most of Mr. Biden’s recent appearances, the temptation will be to read his schedule like tea leaves for hints of his 2016 plans. But as has been the case throughout, it is difficult to predict the future of a man enduring unimaginable personal grief after the death of a son.