Joe Biden: I'm the 'Most Qualified' to be President

Says he'll decide on a 2020 run on the coming weeks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Joe Biden speaks in Las Vegas on Saturday.   (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

(Newser) – Joe Biden says he knows who should be the next president: himself. But the former VP says he's not ready to commit to a 2020 run. The comments came Monday during a stop in Montana to plug his book Promise Me, Dad, reports CNN. "I'll be as straight with you as I can," Biden told the crowd at the University of Montana in Missoula. "I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president." He said two big issues of the day—"the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy"—were his strong suits. "Even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it."

Biden said he would decide in the next two months whether to run, with one factor being the time he's currently able to spend with his two young grandchildren from his late son, Beau. Event moderator Bruce Feiler pointed out some potential weaknesses, including Biden's age of 76, his chairmanship of the judiciary panel that grilled Anita Hill, and his propensity to be a "gaffe machine." Politico reports that party strategists say Biden would have to confront the Anita Hill controversy in particular. Biden insisted Monday that he's "ready to litigate all those things," before taking a shot at President Trump. "I am a gaffe machine," he said, "but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth. (Hill's family has a running joke about Biden.)

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