Sen. Ted Kaufman's email to Biden allies

(CNN)A new round of calls this week -- from Vice President Joe Biden himself and his top advisers — suggest that Biden is finally moving toward announcing a decision about a potential 2016 presidential run.

Former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, a member of Biden's close inner circle, sent the email below Thursday to a network of Biden alumni, obtained by CNN, saying that while he doesn't know when Biden will decide, he knows Biden is aware of the ticking clock.
Dear friend,
A lot of you are being asked, and have asked me, about the direction and timing of the Vice President's thinking about a run for President. On the second question - timing - I can't add much, except I am confident that the Vice President is aware of the practical demands of making a final decision soon. He has been in public and political life a long time and he has a good grip on the mechanics around this decision.
    But on the first question, I know him well, and have spoken with him extensively about this issue. It will not surprise you, as it does not surprise me, what he will weigh in the decision and what - being Joe Biden - he will not.
    All of you know well that the first and foremost consideration will be the welfare and support of his family. That's Joe Biden. He has been clear about this and it is as true today as it has been for the past several months. He is determined to take, and to give his family, as much time as possible to work this through.
    But then the question is what kind of Presidential campaign he believes he would run, and what kind of President he believes he can be. If he runs, he will run because of his burning conviction that we need to fundamentally change the balance in our economy and the political structure to restore the ability of the middle class to get ahead. And whether we can a political consensus in America to get it done
    And what kind of campaign? An optimistic campaign. A campaign from the heart. A campaign consistent with his values, our values, and the values of the American people. And I think it's fair to say, knowing him as we all do, that it won't be a scripted affair-- after all, it's Joe.
    He believes we must win this election. Everything he and the President have worked for -- and care about -- is at stake.
    I know in the daily ups and down of the political swirl, we all get bombarded with the tactics. So sometimes it's good to take a step back and get real again. Let's stay in touch. If he decides to run, we will need each and every one of you -- yesterday!
    Ted