Biden makes surprise appearance at Delaware Democratic event

Vice President Biden got a very warm and welcoming reception Saturday afternoon in a surprise appearance at the Sussex County Democratic Jamboree in Lewes.

Last week, Biden’s staff indicated the Vice President would not be attending the annual event, but he arrived Saturday to meet with fellow Democrats. He talked with attendees and posed for pictures at the event in Cape Henlopen State Park.

As with just about anything Biden does these days, his appearance fuels speculation around the question will he or won’t he enter launch a bid for the White House.

The Draft Biden PAC issued a statement Saturday night touting Biden’s performance in a new Iowa poll as further evidence that he could mount a competitive campaign. Biden earned 14 percent of support in the “Des Moines Register” poll, even though he has yet to declare. That’s nearly double what he garnered three months ago.

“These results are the latest sign that voters respect and trust the Vice President and are looking for a candidate who speaks authentically and openly about the issues important to them. They make clear the Vice President would have the support needed to mount a strong, competitive campaign,” said the PAC in a statement. 

The poll also found Biden’s favorability rating at 79 percent, the highest of any potential Democratic candidate.

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