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Biden Signals He Doesn't Want 2 Terms

But there's debate on whether to admit that fact publicly
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2019 9:00 AM CST
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Nashua, NH on Sunday.   (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

(Newser) – Joe Biden badly wants to be president, but apparently not for eight years. The 77-year-old former vice president has indicated to aides that he would serve only a single term if elected president next fall, Politico reports. "He's going to be 82 years old in four years and he won't be running for reelection," one campaign adviser tells the outlet, adding a public admission of this fact could paint Biden as "a good transition figure" and soothe younger voters worried that an eight-year Biden presidency would fail to usher in the sort of change they believe is needed.

Biden is keeping relatively quiet, however, as other advisers fear a claim to a one-term presidency would lessen his influence. He also doesn't want to make a promise he can't keep. "He's going into this thinking, 'I want to find a running mate I can turn things over to after four years but if that's not possible or doesn't happen then I'll run for re-election,'" another adviser tells Politico. The report comes as Biden leads Democratic candidates in two national polls released Tuesday, per CNN. In both, Bernie Sanders is second and Elizabeth Warren is third. (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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