President-elect Donald J. Trump was elected less than one month ago and outgoing Vice President Joe Biden has already revealed his likely political plans for 2020.
Speaking to reporters, Biden revealed that he’s “going to run in 2020. So, uh, what the hell, man.”
Biden was pressed by reporters as to whether or not he was joking about his comments, before he was asked again he planned to run again in 2020. The Vice president paused and then acknowledged “Yeah, I am. Yeah, I am. We’re going to run again.” If true, this would mark Biden’s third attempt at running for president, following failed bids in 1988 and 2008.
From Fox News:
When pressed further, Biden backed away somewhat from his statement, saying, “I’m not committing not to run. I learned a long time ago fate has a funny way of intervening.”
Biden was on Capitol Hill to preside over the Senate as it cleared away procedural hurdles to a biomedical research bill he’s supporting. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., got the Senate to rename a portion of the bill after the vice president’s son Beau, who died of brain cancer last year.
Biden’s possible entry into the 2016 presidential race was a subject of intense will-he-or-won’t-he speculation. He ultimately decided last October not to challenge eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Biden will turn 78 shortly after the 2020 election. Ronald Reagan was just a few days short of turning 78 when he left office in January 1989, making him the oldest person to serve as president.
Many Democrats had hoped that Biden would throw his hat into the 2016 primary as a challenge to the struggling Hillary Clinton candidacy, but the Vice President opted against running.
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