Nov 13, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Biden "not sure" a 2020 run is the "appropriate thing" to do

Joe Biden during an interview alongside Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the University of Delaware last month. Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP

Joe Biden said he's uncertain about vying for a 2020 bid after his failed attempts in 1998 and 2008, but he is eager to find fresh meat to run on the Democratic ticket, per AP.

Key quote: "I've done it a long time. I'm just not sure it's the appropriate thing for me to do," he said in an interview with Snapchat's Good Luck America, set to be published Tuesday. "We gotta turn this ship around. And I'd much prefer to be helping someone turn it around than being the guy trying to turn it around."

  • He also maintained that he's "not doing anything to run": "I'm not taking names, I'm not raising money, I'm not talking to anybody, but something's got to happen."

Biden has been a busy man in recent months. He formed a political-action committee in June and has written several opinion pieces regarding President Trump and his misrepresentation of American values. And in the past month alone he's participated in multiple interviews:

  • Biden said on NBC's Today show Monday that he "would never have" agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 under any circumstances. He did note though that he was concerned about Clinton's prospects. "It hit me like a ton of bricks, there was no discussion of issues" in her campaign.
  • In an interview with Axios last week, Biden ripped Trump's "phony nationalism": "Did any one of you ever think that you would see ... folks coming out from under rocks and out of the fields with torches, carrying swastikas literally reciting the same, the same exact anti-Semitic bile that you heard in the 30s?"
  • Last month, he told Vanity Fair's David Kamp that he's not ruling out a 2020 bid: "I haven't decided to run. But I've decided I'm not going to decide not to run. We'll see what happens."
  • In an interview alongside Ohio Gov. John Kasich last month, Biden said, "We're both hoping that both our parties generate some real energetic people who have the depth and the capacity to do it," he said.
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