If Biden Runs in 2020, It Will Be Different This Time, Allies Say If Biden Runs in 2020, It Will Be Different This Time, Allies Say – NTK Network

If Biden Runs in 2020, It Will Be Different This Time, Allies Say

"Don't let anyone fool you: If he decides to run, you will see a national infrastructure come together," one Biden confidant said.

By NTK Staff | 10.05.2018 @12:00pm
If Biden Runs in 2020, It Will Be Different This Time, Allies Say

Confidants of former Vice President Joe Biden are sure this time will be different.

The former Delaware senator has run for president twice before – once in 1988 and again 20 years later in 2008. Each time he came up short, and the reasons for those failed campaigns are varied. His allies are convinced, though, that if he decided to run against President Trump in 2020, he’d have a real shot at winning the Democrats’ nomination.

“Don’t let anyone fool you: If he decides to run, you will see a national infrastructure come together,” said the hotel magnate George Tsunis, an Obama mega-donor. “In the past when he’s run, there has been a formidable primary opponent … If he chooses to run in 2020, he would be the Obama-Clinton-like candidate. I think people would feel his time is now, and I think a lot of the country would feel that we need a Joe Biden as president.”

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) said that, unlike in 2016 and 2008, there’s no favorite candidate for Biden to overcome:

Four years ago, said Ed Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, “people in our party … thought that we had a candidate, and the candidate was Hillary Clinton and it was her turn and she deserved it, and she was going to be a great president.”

“There was one powerful roadblock in [Biden’s] way,” Rendell said. “Now, if Joe Biden is out of it, who’s the frontrunner? … There’s no one big roadblock.”

But there are some major flaws in this line of thinking. In the current #MeToo era, Biden’s past conduct raises some serious alarm bells. If that conduct gets flushed out in the media, as it certainly would should he decide to run for president, it could imperil his candidacy before it’s able to really begin.

Still, some Democrats are hoping Democrats will be so motivated to win that they’ll look past these issues:

Biden supporters are betting that Democratic primary voters will look past the most controversial elements of Biden’s record if they become motivated chiefly by a candidate’s perceived ability to beat Trump in a general election.

But given Democrats’ fervor for identity politics and ideological purity, that is a risky bet for 2020.

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