Behind the scenes, however, Biden is proceeding as if he is going to enter the fray in the coming months. He is reaching out to key Democrats, swapping emails with donors, and speaking at notable events that keep his name in the mix.

Biden allies are also preparing staffing and organizing recommendations should he decide to enter the race.

“He’s getting in front of as many people as possible,” said one source who has spoken to the vice president. “…He’s building a case for himself with people who’d be important not just in Iowa and New Hampshire but folks across the country.”