Biden 2020? New Book Coming Out May Test Waters [VIDEO]

Biden 2020? New Book Coming Out May Test Waters [VIDEO]

Biden 2020?  New Book Coming Out May Test Waters [VIDEO]

There is no doubt that Joe Biden has been through some terrible personal tragedies in his life. The death of his son Beau in May 2015 from brain cancer was obviously an earth-shattering moment, and now, Biden is releasing a memoir that details the year around that moment.

Former VP Joe Biden


And while I don’t doubt the depth of the pain that Biden has suffered, what is grabbing the media’s attention is the decision he made – and apparently writes about – in October 2015 to not run for the Democratic party nomination. Of course, we now know so much more about the internal machinations of the DNC and how Hillary Clinton’s campaign made sure that she would get that nomination, but at the time, there was a lot of wondering about the Biden wild card.


Biden recalled the nervousness of Obama about his plans at various points throughout those months, especially by the late summer as his candidacy seemed more serious.

He also sensed panic in Clinton’s campaign, as it began leaking stories leaning on his past policy positions and relationships with Delaware’s financial sector that might reflect poorly on him to Democrats.

But it was an October Politico story suggesting Biden was playing on Beau’s death for political gain that “really threw me,” Biden writes, and “exceeded even my worst expectations of what the opposition was going to be like.”

In the weeks that followed even (Biden aide Mike) Donilon sensed that Biden was not ready personally for the campaign and his own family continued to struggle. A final decision was made Oct. 20, and announced the next day. “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.”

Of course, Hillary went on to lose the election (and blame Biden as well as everyone else for her loss – really!), so that leaves the door open for people like Oprah Winfrey, who interviewed Biden about the new book, to ask about the future.

During the largely personal interview, Winfrey asked Biden if he has considered a 2020 run.

Biden responded, “No, not yet.”

“And I say that ‘not yet’ because I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden said, adding that he is not currently planning or organizing a bid.


While Biden may “regret” not being president now that Hillary lost (I can’t imagine him giving that answer in this interview if she had won), let’s think about this honestly – is there a Biden 2020 campaign possibility?

Everything might be possible, but nothing is probable. After all, Biden will be turning 75 years old next week. Add two more years and Biden will probably fit in quite well with the senior citizen crowd that is planning on running for the Democratic nomination when the campaigning begins in 2019. (By contrast, Senator Elizabeth Warren will “only” be 70 when the campaigning starts, and Bernie Sanders will be 78. Everyone will have to put fresh batteries in their hearing aids for the first debate.)

Also, the Biden family has gotten significantly… messier, let’s say, since Beau’s untimely death.

The widow of Joe Biden’s late son Beau Biden has started a romantic relationship with Beau’s brother Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s younger son.

Hallie was devastated when her husband, Beau, died after suffering from brain cancer in May 2015. But she has since struck up a romance with Beau’s brother Hunter, 47, who has separated from his wife, Kathleen. We’re told Hallie and Hunter are now officially a couple.

Former Vice President Biden confirmed the relationship to Page Six and said that he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have given their blessing to the couple.

He told us in an exclusive statement, “We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”

In the middle of this are the five Biden grandchildren. Two have lost their father to brain cancer, three have watched their parents split up, and now all of them get to watch uncle/dad get together with mom/aunt. And you’re telling me that a political opponent won’t try and make some kind of hay out of that? Let’s also recall that Hunter Biden isn’t exactly the cleanest character in the book, and his previous issues are public record.

But while the Biden relationship drama might have complicated the 2016 race, would it have an effect on 2020? Most likely not, but… never say never.

Biden’s book might be testing the waters for a potential run, but his moment has most likely passed. In fact, it probably passed decades ago. But the media, being denied their chosen Queen Hillary, is going to indulge in some Biden nostalgia now – minus the goofy faux pas and the creepy hugging, I’m sure.

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