Rumors still abound about who will have the backing and momentum to challenge Donald Trump for president in 2020. According a report published in Politico, former Vice President Joe Biden is rather convinced that he is the one who could kick Trump out of the White House.
For almost all Democrats, it is absolutely critical that Trump not win a second term in office (that, and that he not even be able to finish out one term). But since their massive losses in the 2016 election, they have been looking for someone to take the torch for them going into the next presidential election cycle.
Some have rumored that Kamala Harris will step up, or Elizabeth Warren, or even Bernie Sanders. But in the background, the former Vice President to Barack Obama may actually have the best shot at leading the Democratic Party out of their state of defeat back into power. Yes, a terrifying prognosis, but it’s one that is very plausible.
Politico reports that Biden is privately whispering to others that he may be the proverbial “chosen one” for the party of the Left:
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.
A person close to the former VP said that “He’s a great respecter of fate. At some point, it may turn into fate and planning.”
Indeed, Biden is not as far left as someone like Bernie Sanders, but he is leftward enough to likely garner a great deal of support from the Bernie bros. His appeal would be to former Democratic voters who flocked to Donald Trump in 2016, especially in places like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
Biden was a good campaigner for Obama, but has struggled when considering the idea of running for president himself. Additionally, when 2020 rolls around, he will probably be facing a large crowd of potential nominees who will be desperate not to repeat the mistakes of the Clinton campaign.
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.
If Biden does decide to run, he may even have a running mate in Ellen DeGeneres.
Could Biden oust Trump from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. if nominated for 2020? Don’t count him out.