Dec 11, 2019

Biden told Senate Democrat he would "serve two terms if necessary"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) that he would "serve two terms, if necessary" in response to a Politico article suggesting he had signaled he would only serve a single term if elected president, CNN's Ali Zaslav said Wednesday.

Background: Biden, who would be 81 years old by the 2024 election, has grappled with addressing his age and sharpness throughout his campaign. He has considered making a public pledge binding himself to just one term, per Politico, but aides fear such a promise could drain his political capital upon entering office.

  • Instead, Politico writes the former vice president is "quietly indicating" that he won't run for reelection, with Biden campaign staffers telling Politico reporter Ryan Lizza a second-term run would be "virtually inconceivable."

What they're saying: Responding to Politico's reporting, Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager tweeted Wednesday: "Lots of chatter out there on this so just want to be crystal clear: this is not a conversation our campaign is having and not something VP Biden is thinking about."

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Joe Biden says he won't testify in Trump impeachment trial

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Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted Saturday he wanted to clarify comments he made to The Des Moines Register that he would defy a subpoena to testify in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial. But he didn't make clear whether he would testify.

Why it matters: Biden told the news outlet his testimony would take all of the focus off Trump, allowing the president would be able to get away with violating the Constitution. This is a move straight out of Trump's career playbook, according to Biden.

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Biden deploys diverse surrogates ahead of the Iowa caucuses

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Joe Biden's campaign is sending Hispanic, black, and Asia-Pacific-American members of Congress to Iowa next week as surrogates to help him make his closing argument to voters before the February caucuses.

The state of play: One of those surrogates, Rep. Ami Bera of California, tells Axios he'll focus on two points: Reminding voters how Biden campaigned in 2018 for several freshman Democrats who flipped GOP seats, and making the case that Biden's health care plan is better than rivals'.

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Joe Biden's campaign says it raised $22.7 million in Q4

Biden at a New Hampshire town hall on Dec. 30. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign said Thursday that his campaign raised $22.7 million in 2019's fourth quarter, the most he's raised in a single quarter since announcing his bid for the presidency.

Where it stands: Biden's Q4 total places him behind Sen. Bernie Sanders ($34.5 million) and Pete Buttigieg ($24.7 million), but ahead of Andrew Yang ($16.5 million) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ($3.4 million). The other candidates have not yet announced their Q4 fundraising hauls.

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