Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Democrats that they may not have to endure a third Hillary Clinton Presidential run in 2020.
At a Senate session dedicated to passing a cancer research bill, a portion of which is named for Biden’s son Beau, who passed away from brain cancer last year, Biden told colleagues and reporters that he hasn’t ruled out a Presidential run, after he takes a few years off, presumably to polish his Thunderbird and improve his aviator sunglasses collection.
“I am going to run for president in 2020,” Biden said when asked about whether he had a future in politics. “What the hell man, anyway.”
He later told a reporter that he hadn’t made any commitment to run, but that it was a definite possibility. Sensing a glimmer of hope, however, MSNBC and other news networks ran with the announcement as if it were a full commitment, by Biden, to save Democrats from two terms of Trump.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) December 6, 2016
Biden may face resistance, however, if he decides to run in 2020, even if Hillary Clinton officially retires from public life. Democrats say that Michelle Obama, not her husband’s Veep, is their top choice for a challenger.
Three new political action committees — Ready for Michelle 2020, Ready for Michelle PAC, and The Friends of Michelle 2020 — all launched in November, and plan on using the next four years to identify potential donors and build grassroots support in case the First Lady considers jumping in.
The First Lady herself says she’s eager to leave DC and that she’s looking forward to life outside of politics.