“I haven’t decided to run, but I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens.” — Former Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with Vanity Fair, on running for president in 2020. Biden then told InStyle magazine that “this moment in American history sort of fits into my wheelhouse and the strengths I have.”
“I am, I think most people would say, fairly knowledgeable about American foreign policy. I’m pretty good at diplomacy internationally and bringing people together, cutting through and settling things. And I think what people are looking for most, and I hope I have it, is authenticity. I have great relationships with my Republican colleagues. They trust me, and I trust them. We can work things through.
“And also,” he continues, “I think the defining issue of our time is sustaining the middle class. You know, when I got to Washington they called me Middle Class Joe, and it wasn’t meant as a compliment. But the middle class is the reason for our social and political stability.”
He exhales. “Anyway, I’m familiar with the issues, and I think I could bring some talent there. So it’s not that I don’t think I’m equipped to do the job. We’ll just see.”
Personally, I don’t Joe should run, because he will be 78 years old in November 2020. The Democrats need a new generation, and someone who has not been in politics and in Congress since the 1970’s. This logic equally applies to Bernie Sanders, if not more so, since he will be 79 in November 2020 and he is also not actually a Democrat.
Total agreement, Joe is far to old to run. The party needs new faces, new ideas and a new non corporatist way forward.
“I have great relationships with my Republican colleagues.”
That’s understood in the light of Joe’s craven support for favorite Republican causes like bankruptcy “reform”, mass incarceration and bloated war budgets.
“Personally, I don’t Joe should run”? And Billary will be 74. We need term limits anyway for the elderly, Senate and congressional elected officials.