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Report: Joe Biden to Announce Plans to Run for President (Updated)

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks on August 15, 2015, at a memorial service to honor those killed in the Chattanooga shooting. (Jason Davis/Getty Images)

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Several other news organization are citing other Biden sources as saying the vice president has not reached a decision yet, nor will he be announcing one.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: Fox News' Ed Henry ​is reporting​ that ​"three solid sources” have informed him that Vice President Joe Biden will announce he is running for president.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce within two days whether he will run for president in 2016, NBC News reported Monday morning.

The announcement would come a week after the first Democratic presidential debate and just ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

As Clinton has struggled with her continuing email scandal, many Democrats have viewed Biden as the only viable alternative for a Democrat to remain in the White House. Speculation of a Biden candidacy intensified after reports that his late son Beau Biden implored his father to run for president before he died. Biden has done little to dissuade the speculation over the last few months, while still emphasizing that his grieving family is his top priority.

On Monday, Biden is scheduled to speak at a White House climate summit, and later at a veterans event at the Naval Observatory, but has no political events scheduled.

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