Joe Biden, the former vice president, is inching closer and closer to a 2020 run for the nation’s highest office. Close aides have released that they are preparing for a number of scenarios ahead of a possible campaign announcement.
One of those scenarios is announcing Biden’s candidacy early enough to set the field of challengers around him, but they could also announce late enough so that Biden would skip the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. And a third option would be for Biden to run with a promise of a one-term presidency.
One person close to the discussions said that the former vice president is “thinking through a million unconventional options, because there is an acknowledgment that this could be an unconventional campaign.”
Biden has apparently watched the Trump administration with heaviness and his aides are telling him continually that he has the experience and credibility to mount a successful challenge against him in 2020.
“Looking at the environment, it’s hard for someone who’s spent his life in public service to say, ‘I don’t think I can play any role in fixing this,’” said a source close to Biden’s discussion group.
Biden, like a good party soldier, is distancing himself from his aide’s talk and urging his party to rally around retaking majorities in the midterms. Although he did recently meet with major donor Robert Wolf raising the speculation of his interest in the presidency.
“He was very clear that he didn’t want the narrative to be about him running in 2020,” Wolf said of their meeting. “He shut it down very quickly.”
Biden considered a presidential run in 2016 but eventually declined, making a way for the nomination of Hillary Clinton.
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Credit: The Hill