Will Joe Biden Run for President in 2020?

With Republican President Donald Trump receiving some of the lowest approval ratings in history and a recent Democratic wave election showing just how unpopular the current administration is, it’s no wonder progressive politicians are itching to get started on a 2020 presidential campaign. First and loudest to consider the primary call? Former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden made it unequivocally clear that he greatly regrets not being the 2016 Democratic nominee, often alluding that there may have been a different result on election day had he†participated in the race. And the former†vice president†has continued with that theme as he promotes his new book. ABC News†reports:

“I regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity,” Biden told Oprah Winfrey in a clip from an OWN interview aired exclusively by “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “I think America is so incredibly well positioned.” Biden, who served eight years as Obama’s vice president after 36 years in the U.S. Senate, said he did not have second thoughts, however, about the reasons he passed on the race. “I don’t regret the decision I made because it was the right decision for my family,” he said.

It may have been the right choice at the time, but as†Biden†makes clear,†his family†would†fully support him†if he did throw his hat in the presidential ring. In an interview with the New York Times about his new book “Promise Me, Dad,” Biden returns to the idea that his son Beau was one who really wanted him to run for president and suggests that† a 2020 run would be about fulfilling his promise to Beau more than his own presidential ambitions:

The piece that complicated [not running in 2015] is that after he passed, it was clear that he really wanted me to run. I believe Beau, looking down, understands why I didnít run, and he accepts it. Beau, Hunt and Ashley didnít want me stepping back. They thought that what limited talents I have that may not have been suited for winning decades earlier were exactly what the public was looking for now.

Following up on a deathbed promise is just one reason Biden†has publicly given for allegedly mulling the possibility; ensuring President Trump doesn’t get a second term is his other.

“Joe Biden thinks itís critical that Donald Trump not get a second term ó and though itís early, he doesnít yet see anyone else who could stop that from happening,” Politico reports. “So, he’s been telling people privately, that might mean heíll just have to run himself. After beginning the year both teasing a 2020 bid and ruling one out ó sometimes on the same day ó Biden in recent months has shifted unmistakably in favor of running, say multiple people whoíve been in touch with the former vice president and his team.”

Is Biden the Democrats’ best hope for a one-term Trump? It’s hard to look at the large swath of potential contenders and decidedly say there’s no one else who could stop the president from being reelected. In many ways, Biden embodies the old Democratic assumption that women, people of color and LGBTQ communities will vote against Republicans and that the party needs a white male candidate to chip away at the “non-urban” voting block.

After the victories in Virginia, where many seats in traditionally GOP districts were flipped by candidates of color, trans candidates and female candidates, it appears clear that Democrats can succeed without relying on the moderate white guy crutch.

Also of some concern? Biden’s own relationships with current and former Republican politicians.

According to NBC News, Biden is a regular adviser to current Vice President Mike Pence, talking to him at least once a month to discuss how to best handle the role:

Pence has called Biden before each of his foreign trips to get his views on the policies and personalities at play in the countries he was visiting. Biden, in turn, has spoken with Pence before his own overseas trips to inquire if the White House has any messages it would like him to deliver, or if there were any sensitivities around the administrationís policy efforts.†Biden also offers his advice based on his relationships with leaders Pence will encounter, and about the domestic political situations that might affect their thinking, people familiar with the discussions said.

Whomever does end up with the party nomination in 2020 will be running against the Trump/Pence ticket. Could Biden already be too close to the current administration to do that successfully? Odds are, we’ll find out after the 2018 midterms.

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90 comments

Karen H
Karen H3 days ago

I think we need some new blood. I have to agree with S M, who asks, "Has America not got anyone new, younger, able, in either the Democrats or Republicans or will it continue to be recycling, retreads, bigoted religious, totally inappropriate individuals?"

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 days ago

TYFS

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Brian F
Brian F4 days ago

The Democrats don't need centrist corporate establishment Democrats like Biden who voted for the Iraq war. That lesson was learned when they shoved Hillary down our faces, which caused this fraud Trump to win. The Democrats need honest progressives like Bernie Sanders.

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Janis K
Janis K4 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I4 days ago

I believe that Joe Biden will definitely run for President in 2020, which would be a good thing--unlike the corrupt crap that exists in the White House today! He will have my vote!

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S M
S M4 days ago

Has America not got anyone new, younger, able, in either the Democrats or Republicans or will it continue to be recycling, retreads, bigoted religious, totally inappropriate individuals?

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Ruth S
Ruth S5 days ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 days ago

Noted.

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Carole R
Carole R5 days ago

I like Joe Biden and not just because he was born in my state. He is a good man. I would surely much rather he were president than Trump.

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