Team Biden Floats Ridiculous 2020 Trial Balloon Scenarios | NTK Network Team Biden Floats Ridiculous 2020 Trial Balloon Scenarios

Team Biden Floats Ridiculous 2020 Trial Balloon Scenarios

The options include the then-77-year-old skipping Iowa and New Hampshire, or jumping in the race long before anyone else.

By NTK Staff | 03.09.2018 @1:00pm
Team Biden Floats Ridiculous 2020 Trial Balloon Scenarios

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s team floated a few 2020 presidential campaign trial balloons in a recent Politico piece that strain credulity at best.

According to Politico, Biden’s team are mulling over a series of options, which include their would-be candidate jumping in earlier than normal, later than normal, and skipping key early states. The latter of those strategies has been attempted and failed by the likes of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (2008) and former Gov. Jeb Bush (2016).

Here’s how Politico describes Team Biden’s thinking:

On the list: announcing his candidacy either really early or really late in the primary process so that he’d define the field around him or let it define itself before scrambling the field; skipping Iowa and New Hampshire and going straight to South Carolina, where he has always had a strong base of support; announcing a running mate right out of the gate and possibly picking one from outside of politics; and making a pitch that he can be a bridge not just to disaffected Democrats, but to Republicans revolting against President Donald Trump.

They’ve also discussed an idea some donors and supporters have been pitching Biden on directly for months: kick off by announcing that he’d only run for one term. One person who’s pitched the idea said Biden would try to sell voters on “a reset presidency.” The former vice president would pick a younger Democratic running mate and argue that he’d be the elder statesman to get the country and government back in order post-Trump and be the bridge to the next generation.

If Team Biden’s strategy sounds a bit like throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks, that’s likely because it’s what it is. Biden will be 77 years old when 2020 rolls around, and Democrats are desperate to move forward – not look back.

If Biden does decide to jump in the race, he’ll likely face off against a host of younger candidates who will all make the argument that Biden’s time is up.

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.

View Privacy Policy