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Biden advisers quietly lining up campaign team, endorsements ahead of likely 2020 bid


Despite not yet entering the 2020 race, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he’s “in the final stages” of deciding on a 2020 White House run.


But Biden – who would instantly become the front-runner among roughly 15 contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination – explained last week during an event in his home state of Delaware that he didn’t want a third presidential bid to be “a fool’s errand.”


He emphasized that “I have to make sure that I could run a first-rate effort.”


And that’s exactly what his top political advisers are quietly working on behind the scenes, ahead of what may be an April presidential campaign launch.


Sources familiar with the planning of Biden’s inner circle confirm to Fox News that top advisers to the former vice president are getting their ducks in a row, figuring out a campaign structure and reaching out to veteran Democratic operatives who could potentially be involved.


“He would want to check a box on a few things … that he would want to be in place,” said a person close to the Biden world who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.


The source added that top Biden advisers have been reaching out to leading Democratic officials, ahead of what’s likely to be the launch of a presidential campaign.


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