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Top Obama Strategist Joins Draft Biden Effort

A top Democratic strategist has joined the effort to recruit Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race.
(FILES) IN this July 20, 2015 file photo, US Vice President Joe Biden attends a reception for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Biden is reportedly considering entering the 2016 White House race, a longshot move to present him as a safety net for Democrats worried about a possible implosion by frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Biden, his family and his top advisors have begun actively exploring a run, The New York Times reported August 2, 2015. They are discussing the prospect with Democratic rainmakers and even some Clinton supporters spooked by signs she is vulnerable despite her standing in the polls. And it has been reported that Biden's beloved son Beau, who died in May, encouraged his father from his deathbed to run for president. A Biden bid would unquestionably upend the Democratic nomination race. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesSAUL LOEB / AFP - Getty Images

A top Democratic strategist has joined the effort to recruit Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race.

Steve Schale – who served as President Barack Obama’s top Florida strategist during his 2008 and 2012 White House campaigns -- has joined the Draft Biden committee, NBC News has confirmed.

This makes Schale the biggest Obama World person to join up with Draft Biden.

Schale tells NBC News that he has no knowledge of Biden’s White House intentions, but wanted to join the effort.

Biden is expected to make his decision about a 2016 run in the coming weeks. He spent part of a recent vacation calling close friends to inform them he is thinking of running.

Biden supporters feel Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has become increasingly vulnerable as controversies surrounding her use of a private email server continue to plague her campaign. But Biden so far has little infrastructure in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and a late entrance into the race may be difficult to overcome.

A CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday found a majority of Democrats, 53 percent, say Biden should run in 2016.

-- NBC's Andrew Rafferty contributed to this report.