Biden Reportedly "Shifts In Favor" Of 2020 Presidential Bid

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Earlier this week, former Vice President Joe Biden admitted that his "biggest regret in life" was not currently occupying the White House...the statement left us wondering whether he also regrets growing old, balding and not owning 75 Lambo's...perhaps we'll never know for sure.

But, of all of Joe's "regrets" in life, perhaps his missed opportunity at occupying the Oval Office is one that he may seek to rectify in the near future.  As Politico reports, after months/years of waffling on the topic, Joe Biden has apparently "shifted in favor" of a new Presidential bid in 2020.

Joe Biden thinks it’s critical that Donald Trump not get a second term — and though it’s early, he doesn’t yet see anyone else who could stop that from happening.


So, he's been telling people privately, that might mean he’ll just have to run himself.


After beginning the year both teasing a 2020 bid and ruling one out — sometimes on the same day — Biden in recent months has shifted unmistakably in favor of running, say multiple people who’ve been in touch with the former vice president and his team.


For the first time in what would be the sixth presidential campaign that he’s either seriously flirted with or launched, Biden sees an argument for a candidacy for which he is the only answer: An elder statesman who can help repair the damage and divisions in the country and around the world, unite the competing wings of the Democratic Party, and appeal to traditional Democratic voters who fled last year for Trump.


Of course, in typical fashion for the political world, other Politico sources in the Biden realm denied rumors of a 2020 run, saying instead that he is "laser-focused on his book tour."

Next week, Biden will launch a tour for his new book, “Promise Me, Dad,” a memoir of his relationship with his son Beau, whose death in May 2015 triggered both the last-minute exploration by Biden of a 2016 run and the emotional devastation that ultimately caused him to pull the plug.


People familiar with the planning describe the tour as deliberately structured to avoid politics. Biden's staff is pushing off nearly every request to appear at fundraisers or other political events while he’s traveling for it.


But there’s another, more subtle purpose, some acknowledge: to test Biden’s emotional stamina, should he decide to throw himself fully into a presidential run.


“Right now, he’s pretty laser-focused on the book tour. Get through that and go see what we can do in ‘18, and see where things are then,” said a person in touch with Biden’s advisers, who have stayed in close communication since leaving their government jobs in January.

Meanwhile, in the end, the decision to run may not be left to Biden with many Democrats wary about pegging the future of the party on a candidate who will be 77 by 2020, the oldest potential candidate in the field other than Bernie Sanders. Though a clutch player in both Obama campaigns, he has proved to be bad at running for president himself, and would likely be facing a raucous and crowded primary full of candidates determined not to step aside and repeat the Hillary Clinton coronation.

Oh well, one can only hope for a little more of this...

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Anunnaki's picture

Did you know their current slogan is, "Have you seen the other guys?" That's what passes for policy with the Demonrats

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"The DNC is dead. The only campaign slogan they have left is "Vote for me or die, sucka!". What has 40 years of race baiting democrats done for anyone, other than their theiving selves?"

Don't sell the Dems short. Tim Ryan and Sherrod Brown are proposing a guarantee of pensions.

The office, which would be called the Pension Rehabilitation Fund and be placed inside the U.S. Department of Treasury, would supervise the loans that would come from the sale of U.S Treasury bonds from private investors. Brown, D-Ohio, hopes to attach the bill to a larger spending bill expected to be passed at the end of the year by Congress.

“All of you here today and the thousands of retired Teamsters, miners, builders and others across Ohio earned your pensions over a lifetime of hard work,” Brown said.

“Now those pension plans are underwater,” Brown said. “It’s bad enough that Wall Street squandered workers’ money — and it’s worse that the government that’s supposed to look out for these folks is trying to break the promise made to these workers.

“Not on our watch,” Brown said. “We won’t allow that to happen.”

Ryan said: “We in Congress must do everything in our power to protect the retirement these Americans have earned.”

Most of those affected are Teamsters covered by the Central States Fund, a multi-employer fund that serves trucking companies and covers 400,000 retirees across the country. Central States has warned it might have to cut pensions by an average of 22 percent for retirees because it has $35 billion in liabilities and only $17.8 billion in assets.

The bill also is aimed at propping up a number of other pension funds, including the United Mine Workers Pension Plan, the Ironworkers Local 17 Pension Plan, the Ohio Southwest Carpenters Pension Plan and the Bakers and Confectioners Pension Plan.

NevadaMirage's picture

Every Joe Biden video should be required to have the Benny Hill theme music playing in the background. It sets the tone perfectly.

Thom Paine's picture

Is Biden ready to have the secrets come out?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Well it's either that or the nursing home for him. I guess he'd rather drool on some intern's dress than his own depend. Nice.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Encourage this criminal to run and hasten the demise of the democratic party.. 

lawton2's picture

Biden would be turning 78 on election day.

Anunnaki's picture

In the Democratic Party, 78 is the new 40

BSHJ's picture

This is nothing more than a way to get his name back in the news....ahead of the release of the is always about gaining more $$$, control and power

PitBullsRule's picture

You deplorables are really hateful people.

I think its good that you got your guy in, the wrestle mania, reality TV star, serial bankrupter, con artist that launders Russian oligarch money.

You got a chance to show the world what you're made of...

rwmctrofholz's picture

Compared to a freshman Senator whose history is completely a mystery?

Anunnaki's picture

What part of #NeverHillary do you not understand. I love that the Cheetolini is so awful. That makes her face plant that much enjoyable. Knwoing she got beat handlily by a douchebag like Trump


We Deplorables live under this motto: Trump at his worst is infinitely better than Hellary at her best

headless blogger's picture

So What! He's just part of the same 'ol clique that runs the nation. Nothing knew here....move along.

Anyone who votes dem/repug in the 2020 election is beyond redemption, especially after this last election.

If you still believe in Trump's pile of manure, then eat it.

trailer park boys's picture

Just listening to Biden on TV sets off my Phony Bullshit meter. Sounds like he's been a politician all his life. ;) Another card carrying member of the Establishment.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

"Biden received student draft deferments during this period, at the peak of the Vietnam War, and in 1968, he was reclassified by the Selective Service System as not available for service due to having had asthma as a teenager."

Poor baby. From bone spurs to asthma. What a country.

StreetObserver's picture

Or Rush's anal cysts or W's fake, never showed up Alabama Air Guard 'service'.

dizzyfingers's picture

He's cruisin' for his own murder by you-know-who. Initials HC.

konadog's picture

I'm contribution to Joe's campaign just to ensure 4 more years of Trump. The only thing better would be if Hyena Rodent tried to run again.

Anunnaki's picture

Please Anu. I have been a good servant. Let Hellary run again in 2020

I wanna see her "beat" Trump by 5 million votes this time and still lose the Electoral College

William Dorritt's picture

Another politician who's time has passed.

StreetObserver's picture

And every American voter shackled to repaying useless student loans that prevent them from buying a house, a new car, getting married, starting a family, needs to be aware that the Joe Biden is singularly responsible for them not being able to start over and reorganize their life through bankruptcy the way corporations can and do.

He chose his corporate donors in credit card headquarters, Delaware, over tens of millions of potential voters.


Anunnaki's picture

No one under 70 is allowed in the Democratic Party it appears

VideoEng_NC's picture

Joe's having some massive hindsight moments that might easily end up with one that kind of goes like "wish I had never decided to have run".  There's no way he has the stamina of Trump & quite frankly I have no clue as to how DJT keeps going, the guy's a living energizer bunny.

Anunnaki's picture

You know old Q Tip grabbed some civilian pussy during his political service. Should be fun when that scandal breaks at the opportune moment.

Is he Jooish? 

RealityCheque's picture

Earlier, my 6 year old daughter started crying and said she was scared.

I didn't know what it meant at the time but now I've read this, it all makes sense!

Lock up your kids, "Uncle" Joe is comin' to town!

pparalegal's picture

Crazy old groping emotional breakdown prone white guy in 2020? No F'n way baby. My money is on a vagina possessing black female progressive liberal take no prisoners mama boss bitch - Donna Barazile.

GreatUncle's picture

"appeal to traditional Democratic voters who fled last year"

When did the democratic party change, apoligize, put right all the criminality etc. etc. etc.

Oh you didn't ... see that is the real joke here in a few years everybody forgot?

The internet now keeps all the recent events alive and too many people remember to communicate with each other.

Democrats need to fess up to all they did and clear the biggest obstruction to them getting votes.

Also any previous association (like Biden) is also going to be realised, so in effect he had a big part to play in Obamacare and an even bigger part in fixing it but nope! Not a chance.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

No brain cells left after decades of booze and coke.


People forget Biden was senate drug czar back in the 80s.


That means he had all the drugs!

RussianSniper's picture

If an 80 year old Biden is the answer, this nation is more fucked up than I thought.

bunkers's picture

Biden has Alzheimers.

bunkers's picture

Tis not the season of gropers.

yarpos's picture

More geriatrics really,  isnt there anybody under 60 that can lead the country?

Moving and Grooving's picture

It'll be big fun when it comes time for all the D's who want to be the Trump-killer in 2020 to declare and start fund-raising. The potential list is already gigantic, and many are big billionaires, celebs, and political heavy-hitters.


I'm just looking forward to the groans when Mrs Clinton 'reluctantly' steps up and tosses her hat in the ring. Her machine will be brutal. The only bright spot is the realization that sometime right around then she and many of her allies will be indicted and arrested for conspiracy to murder and treason.


It'll be beautiful.



spqrusa's picture

Biden has ZERO chance.