Former Vice- President, Joe Biden, said he had no intentions of replacing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. He isn’t ruling out a potential 2020 run, however.
Biden detailed his would-be presidential run in his new memoir Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, a book in which the former vice president talks about the ways he coped after his son Beau, was diagnosed and later died of cancer.
The politician wanted his campaign to reflect on the future of America, criticising the 2016 campaign as being „locked in the past”. He also stated he was for Hillary yet he realized later on that her prospects did not align with his.
„It hit me like a ton of bricks, there was no discussion of Issues,” he said.
He also pointed out how the current social environment would have allowed him to reach the American people. Biden notes his campaign would have focused on the middle-class American. His advisors believed Biden was the closest politician to have identified with the middle class had he ran.
After his son, Beau, died, Biden was reportedly called by high-ranking Democrats that were urging him to run for President. According to NBC News, Biden’s biggest obstacle was himself. The campaign would have tackled the ever-present issues surrounding Wall Street and a possible way of ending cancer.
However, the politician decided that he would not be able to run a healthy platform. He later realized that the situation he was in would not really allow him that.
„I knew I’d made the right decision when I walked into the Rose Garden with Jill on one side and Barack on the other” the former vice-president wrote.
Rumors of a 2020 presidential run have been picking up steam as of late with Politico reporting last Friday that Biden is considering the idea.
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