Joe Biden+Elizabeth Warren

Vice President Biden (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Paul Kane
August 22, 2015 at 6:03 PM

[This post has been updated.]

Vice President Biden huddled Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the rising liberal star who has declined to endorse a candidate for the 2016 presidential race, an impromptu meeting that came as speculation mounted over Biden’s own potential candidacy, according to a report.

Biden, who has begun to explore a possible presidential campaign in recent weeks, made the trip Saturday from his home in Wilmington, Del., to his official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington to meet Warren, who has become an icon to liberal activists who view financial institutions as wielding too much clout in the corridors of power. CNN first reported the meeting Saturday afternoon, after which an administration official declined to comment about the meeting but acknowledged that Biden made an unplanned trip to the capital.

“The Vice President traveled last minute to Washington, DC for a private meeting and will be returning to Delaware,” the official wrote in an e-mail.

Advisers to Warren did not respond to requests for comment after the first-term senator was spotted catching a flight Saturday afternoon at Reagan National Airport.

The meeting only intensified speculation surrounding Biden’s own interest in the race as questions continue to hound Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has faced scrutiny over her use of a private e-mail account while serving as President Obama’s secretary of state and whether that exposed classified information.

Former senator Jim Webb of Virginia, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said Sunday on CNN that he had also met with Biden “for an hour one-on-one last month.”

He declined to discuss the details of the meeting. “I think private meetings are best left that way,” Webb said. “And I wouldn’t get into another individual’s potential campaign, but it doesn’t surprise me that he is sitting down and talking to someone who has a strong record on economic fairness issues,” he added, referring to Warren.

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