Joe Biden had some intriguing words to share about the 2020 presidential race at a recent speaking engagement out in Las Vegas.
With Democrats utterly aghast at the behavior of the present administration in the White House, talk has naturally already migrated to who it is that will take Trump on come 2020. There have been a number of potentially promising candidates come up in conversation — will Biden prove to be one of those candidates who really takes the talk about a potential presidential bid and runs with it?
Will Biden run for the White House in 2020?
Well, there is, apparently, no certain answer to that question. Ever the practical man, Biden acknowledged in recent remarks that he wasn’t ruling out a run in 2020, but neither is the possibility particularly likely to come to fruition. The possibility does remain, however.
His reply to the question of whether or not he’d run was: “Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not.”
Joe Biden, should he run for President and win come 2020, would be the oldest President to ever be inaugurated, a title currently held by President Trump, who was 70 years old on January 20, 2017. The title of oldest president to ever be inaugurated was formerly held by Ronald Reagan, who was 69 at his first inauguration.
Reagan, mind you, was in office for eight years, so he held the office at an age comparable to that which would be Biden’s age in 2020. The former Vice President will turn 78 in November of 2020. For the purposes of comparison, Bernie Sanders is a year older than Biden.
Biden easily could have already run for president in the 2016 race, with plenty of vice presidents going on to be President after their boss reached their term limit, but Biden had other things to worry about.
In 2015, the former Senator lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer, and he told his interviewer at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas that his present focus is on putting his family back together following Beau’s death. In addition to that concern, Biden has financial concerns to worry about, including a mortgage that he’s trying to pay off.
If he feels those concerns are adequately addressed come the 2020 race, he says he “may very well” launch a presidential bid.
You can watch video of some of Biden’s earlier remarks on this topic, delivered in March at Colgate University, below:
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