Monday, 22 April, 2019

Biden tells potential donors he's close to announcing 2020 run

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum Enlarge Image Joe Biden AP
Jeannette Daniel | 21 March, 2019, 19:57

The former vice president is widely expected to announce a 2020 bid in the coming weeks, the report said. Some have pointed out that in a Democratic debate, he could be asked why no one on the stage would be a worthy running mate.

Former US President Barack Obama stands with Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams during a campaign rally at Morehouse College on November 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biden made headlines earlier this week when he seemingly acknowledged that he was running, according to reporting from HuffPost.

"President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the Court", Biden said at the time.

Still, some advisers are reportedly opposed to the idea, recognizing that it would be seen as a gimmick, Axios reports.

Joe Biden may finally be ready to join the 2020 presidential race.

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CNN had reported on Monday that Biden was considering selecting a running mate early, and Abrams' name came immediately to mind, especially because Biden and Abrams met last week, although CNN reports they didn't "formally" discuss the idea of her serving as vice president.

The choice of Abrams would be advantageous to Biden in a number of ways. This way, Biden won't just be "another old white guy", reported Axios on Thursday.

Biden, 76, has led in early-state and national polls of primary voters, and could capture significant support from major Democratic donors, many of whom held off from backing other candidates while awaiting his decision.

A third problem for Biden may be that naming someone to be his vice president this early on could cause headaches further down the line if he chose to change his mind.

Some are reacting in shock and dismay, while others are simply calling Biden's consideration of Abrams "embarrassing".

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