Oprah Winfrey, The Queen of Interviews, sat down with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss his new memoir “Promise Me, Dad” as well as, the amplified speculation about whether he will run for president in 2020. During his SuperSoul Sunday conversation on OWN, Oprah asks him whether he’s considering a presidential bid. “Has there been a thought or consideration for 2020?” she says.
“No, not yet,” Vice President Biden says.
“No?” Oprah says.
“And I say that ‘not yet’ because, look, I’m a great respecter of fate, I don’t plan on running” he says.
Biden played with the idea of becoming a presidential candidate in the last election cycle, and his impending memoir accounts the year 2015, when his son, Beau, died of brain cancer at age 46, and he decided against running in the presidential race out of concern for his family and the need to mourn for Beau’s loss.
In the interview with Winfrey, Biden said he made the right call, but he repeated his regret that he had not ascended to the nation’s highest office.
“I have a regret that I am not president,” Biden said. “But I don’t regret the decision I made because it’s the right decision for my family.”
Asked if he thinks he could have defeated Trump in the 2016 presidential contest, Biden told “Today ” he wasn’t sure.
“Oh gosh, I don’t know. I mean, the polling data at the time said yes, and since then. But … I wasn’t in the race. You have to be in the race. It’s a tough game,” he said.
Still, many across the nation remain hopeful that Biden will announce his own bid for the White House ― an opinion for which he also offers context.
“Here’s my problem: You know, I learned how to become one of the most popular elected officials in the United States. Announce you’re not running for president – it’s amazing! Boom, you know, it really gets good,” Biden chuckles. “But I’m asked to speak a lot in political fore, and I’m doing it not nearly as often as I’m asked because every time I’m asked, they translate it into, ‘I’m running for president.’”
The former vice president will be 75 years old this month, making him almost four years President Donald Trump’s senior. What Biden can say with certainty is that he plans to have a continued presence in politics, particularly with regards to fundraising and helping Democrats win back the majority in Congress. “I’m going to do everything I can to change the dynamic here,” he says. “I think we can win back the House and I think we have got a shot at the Senate.”
But, one more time: Is Biden considering a presidential run in 2020?
“I’m, as I said, a great respecter of fate,” he says. “I’m over 70, I’m ― thank God ― right now in awful good health. But I don’t know … what things are going to be two years from now. So I just don’t know. I promise you: I’m not doing anything to organize running, but I’m going to go out there and continue to do what I’ve done since I’ve been 26 years old: holler.”
Biden expresses high interest on becoming the next president, of course. He’s incredibly open about that goal. The former VP of the US, also knows that change elections don’t usually go to 77-year-olds who spent 44 years in federal office. He would be, the oldest person ever to be elected president. He would no doubt take that record from Donald John Trump, who was elected at age 70. Over the next 18 months Biden’s waiting to see if someone, even a few people, emerge as real credible candidates to Trump. Because, at the moment, no such person really exists. The top tier of the 2020 field doesn’t exactly hold “the fountain of youth”, with or without Biden. Bernie Sanders will be 79 on election day! Elizabeth Warren will be 71. Hell, Trump will be 74 on Election Day 2020!
So, if we have to have a senior in office, why not good ole’ Uncle Joe?