https://apnews.com/492e3a59b5d74e5bb29adad83bd3602aBiden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.
A Biden spokesman declined to comment. But in a recent NBC News interview, Biden said he’d decide on running in 2020 based on whether it was “the right thing to do.” “I’m focused on one thing: electing a Democratic Congress to stop this erosion of the core of who we are,” Biden said. “I’ll look at that a year from now. I have plenty of time to consider whether or not to run.”
The meeting was one of several signs that Biden is beginning to position himself as an alternative to Trump. Biden has started denouncing the current president’s leadership more frequently in public, as he crisscrosses the United States and beyond to promote his new book, his cancer initiative, his new domestic policy institute in Delaware, the diplomacy center and his new political action committee, American Possibilities.
He’s also been gearing up to play a major role campaigning for Democrats seeking to retake the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. “Donald Trump’s looking out for Donald Trump. Republicans are looking out for Donald Trump. Who’s looking out for everyone else? Democrats,” Biden wrote in a recent fundraising pitch to the PAC’s supporters. He said in 2018, he would “beat a path all across this country to stand up for leaders who will stand up for all of us.”
Robbie Gramer posted a series of tweets Saturday keying off the AP report to add his observations of Biden at the Munich Security Conference.
1/ Piggy backing off a great piece from Josh for a quick thread: Biden was at the Munich Security Conference for a brief speech and tons of backroom meetings. He wasn’t here for any 2020-esque reasons, but behind the scenes he sort of stole the show
2/ There’s a real air of tension at Munich this year with US-European relations under Trump. A few European officials told me when Biden entered a room, the energy in the room just shifted, something they said HR (who gave keynote here) didn’t get.
3/ And certainly not the tepid reception Mike Pence received when he spoke at the conference last year, shortly after Trump took office (when a short pauses for applause were built into Pence’s speech, and no applause came)
4/ A lot of it is that intangible hype, but the European officials told me he was welcomed in Munich with open arms, and with an air of ‘2020’ swirling around him”