Perhaps an even greater concern for Hillary Clinton throughout the Democratic primary than Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders was the prospect that Joe Biden would toss his hat into the ring and steal moderate Democratic votes from her, essentially ruining her chances at securing the party’s nomination. He ultimately opted not to run, despite the public’s apparent desire to see him do so. His high popularity rating suggested that he would be a more formidable candidate than Hillary, thus allowing the Democrats to continue to maintain their seat in the Oval Office.
We are but a few weeks beyond the presidential election, and there is already discussion of the next election. America’s political media realm is funny like that. At the forefront of that discussion over 2020 is none other than Joe Biden himself. Despite his decision not to run this year, he has announced that he will run in the next cycle, sending the pundits into a frenzy, already kicking off the next election cycle, in a sense.
"I'm going to run in 2020," said the Vice President last night to a group of reporters at the Capitol. Some thought that he was referring to a Senate seat, and then they asked if he meant the presidency. He did. "Yeah, I am. We're going to run again,” he confirmed.
After making that bold statement, however, Biden backed away ever so slightly. "I'm not committing not to run. I learned a long time ago fate has a funny way of intervening,” he said in reference to the series of events that ultimately forced him to turn away from a 2016 presidential bid. Biden will be 78 in 2020, which would make him the oldest person to ever hold the presidency.
Surely, we are still four years away from another election, and we should not harp upon statements made today about actions taken that far away. However, Biden’s high-profile position makes it difficult for him to make any statement without it obtaining an immense amount of media coverage, and the media’s response to this is thus very understandable.
With the Democratic Party continuously moving out to the left, Biden’s moderate stances may not sit well with some of the party’s constituency, but if he gives Democrats a greater chance at winning back the White House, they may not care.
Do you think Biden will really run?