Biden on 2020 Run: 'What the Hell, Man'

Biden, who will turn 78 in 2020, had a slight smile when he spoke
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2016 12:05 AM CST
Biden Isn't Ruling Out Running in 2020
"Are you sure, Joe?"   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Fans of Joe Biden memes, rejoice: The vice president has hinted at a 2020 White House run—though he may have been less than 100% serious. After presiding over a Senate session Monday, CNN asked Biden if he plans to run for office again, and he said: "Yeah, I am. I'm going to run in 2020." Asked what position he was going to run for, the six-term senator said: "For president. What the hell, man." The AP notes that Biden, who will turn 78 in 2020, had a slight smile when he spoke, and he walked the remarks back a little when asked if he was joking. "I'm not committing not to run. I'm not committing to anything," he said. "I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening."

Biden, who ran for president in 1988 and 2008, had considered running for president this time around but decided against it because he was still dealing with the May 2015 death of son Beau Biden from cancer, Politico notes. Biden was in the Senate Monday for a vote on a bipartisan cancer treatment bill that will speed up drug approvals. The AP reports that lawmakers from both parties applauded and lined up to speak with an emotional Biden after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought and received approval to rename part of the bill after Beau. Biden has "known the cruel toll this disease can take. But he hasn't let it defeat him," McConnell said. The measure passed with an 85-13 vote. (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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