While many of us are still grieving the results of last month’s presidential election, Vice President Joe Biden already has his sights set on 2020, telling a group of reporters on Monday that he is “going to run” against Donald Trump in four years.
… was biden serious about 2020? listen to his remarks for yourself. https://t.co/OQhUenQNaz
— nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) December 6, 2016
“I’m going to run in 2020,” Biden said. “What the hell, man.”
While the VP seemed to be joking in the initial comment, he doubled down when asked by reporters if he was serious: “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”
It’s not clear whether he is totally serious, but at least for the moment, Biden seems to want people to believe he is putting his hat in the ring to take on Trump in 2020 – all before the president-elect is even sworn in.
Biden initially toyed with the idea of running for the White House in 2016 – and came incredibly close to doing so – but, as he said on Monday, fate intervened and the death of his son, Beau, prevented him from being able to put his heart into running a campaign of his own.
While the outgoing vice president would be almost 78 years old on Election Day 2020, there’s no question that Biden has more energy and stamina than politicians much younger than him.
If there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s Joe Biden.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.