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Biden’s 2020 Decision Coming ‘Within the Next Two Weeks,’ Per Sources

The former vice president’s decision could throw the Democratic presidential field into upheaval.

By NTK Staff | 01.07.2019 @12:30pm
Biden’s 2020 Decision Coming ‘Within the Next Two Weeks,’ Per Sources

Former Vice President Joe Biden is inching closer to a decision regarding whether he’ll run for president in 2020. According to sources “within and beyond his inner circle,” Biden is expected to decide within the next two weeks. These sources, according to the New York Times, are individuals who have spoken to Biden recently about his thinking, and they have indicated he’s likely running.

The former vice president told a senior Democratic official last week that he is both likely to run and that his aides have told him he must move quickly in this primary, according to two Democrats briefed on the conversation.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Biden will make a public declaration one way or another in that time period, but he’s likely feeling some pressure from candidates announcing their intentions earlier than ever. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her presidential exploratory committee on the final day of 2018, while other lower-tier candidates are already in the race.

Still, Biden’s nationwide name recognition gives him a stronger starting position than nearly any other candidate.

But it’s his policy positions that could serve as hindrances. In the years since he last ran for president, the Democratic Party has lurched further and further leftward. When compared to the other potential candidates running – Sens. Warren, Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), etc. – he could wind up looking like a moderate in a party that wants far-left liberals carrying the banner.

Some Democrats are skeptical that a relatively moderate candidate like Mr. Biden, who has baggage like supporting the 1990s crime bill that is loathed on the left, would prevail in the primary with a message of unity and national healing rather than the fiery and uncompromising brand of populism that Democratic primary voters elevated in the midterm elections.

“In 2020, Biden-style centrism will become a toxic and losing brand of politics in Democratic primaries,” said Waleed Shahid, a left-wing activist.

Adding to the complexities of the situation, Democrats will also be faced with a generational question: do they want a familiar face and someone with ties to the Obama administration, or is the party ready for a change? These are questions that primary voters will be forced to answer, should Biden jump in the race.

Biden also has identity politics working against him. As a white man, Biden would likely face off against several minority and women candidates in the Democratic primary.

Still, Biden appears undeterred. In conversations with supporters over the Christmas holiday, Biden reportedly said, “If you can persuade me there is somebody better who can win, I’m happy not to do it.” Then he added, “But I don’t see the candidate who can clearly do what has to be done to win.”

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