As Democrats reorganize in the wake of November’s disastrous election results, one familiar face has emerged as a possible candidate lift the party from the depths of despair, recoup losses and reclaim the White House in 2020: Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Monday, Biden hinted at a possible run for the Oval Office: “I am going to run in 2020, so uh.”
When reporters asked the vice president to clarify whether he intended to convey his future included a return to the Senate or a run for the White House, Biden responded: “For president, and also you know what, what the hell man.”
Pressed again on whether his comments were made in jest, the 74-year-old Biden said:
“I am not committed to anything I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Pivoting two days later, Biden told reporters gathered in the Senate Wednesday evening he has no intention of seeking the White House.
“I have no intention of running,” Biden said after leaving a testimonial service at the Senate Wednesday.
Biden first ran for the presidency in 1988, but his campaign floundered amid charges of plagiarism and Biden fell to eventual nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis.
Returning to the Senate, Biden assumed the gavel of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversaw two contentious hearings for Supreme Court nominees Judge Robert Bork and Judge Clarence Thomas in 1987 and 1991. Bork was rejected by a 58–42 vote; Thomas was accepted by a count of 52–48.
Biden later assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he became known as a vocal critic of the war in Iraq.
Weighing his options in late 2007, Biden again announced his intent to run for the presidency in 2008. Stumbling early against then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Biden was fatally wounded after a gaffe in which he appeared to criticize the upstart Obama.
Trailing in the polls and failing to raise money, Biden dropped from the race after placing fifth in the Iowa caucuses and expressed no regret. Following Obama’s primary victory over Hillary Clinton, Biden was nominated as vice president at the convention.
Assessing the political landscape in 2016, Biden was briefly rumored to be a candidate to replace Mr. Obama, but personal issues, particularly the 2015 death of his son Beau led the former Delaware senator to decline entering the race.
Should he run, Biden, who will be 78 years old in 2020, would be the oldest man to ever seek the White House.
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