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Joe Biden: I’m ‘most qualified’ for president in 2020

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Former
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said he’ll make an
announcement on whether he’s running in 2020 in the next six to
eight weeks.


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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said he believes
    he’s “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
  • “The issues that we face as a country today are the
    issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my
    whole life,” Biden said an event.  
  • Biden conceded he has a tendency to be a “gaffe machine,”
    but in a reference to President Donald Trump said that’s still
    much better “compared to a guy who can’t tell the
    truth.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday provided perhaps the
strongest indication yet he is leaning toward running for
president in 2020.

At an event for his book tour in Missoula, Montana, on Monday
night, Biden called himself the “most qualified person in
the country to be president.” 
The crowd
cheered.

“The issues that we face as a country today are the issues
that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole
life,” he said.

The former vice president pointed to his lifelong
experience in politics, contending even his critics would
acknowledge he knows a great deal about “the issues that are the
most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and
our foreign policy.”

The moderator of the event, Bruce Feiler, pointed out some
of Biden’s characteristics and history that would likely face
criticism if he ran, including his age (he’s 76), his connection
to the Anita Hill hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas, and his propensity for making gaffes. 


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Biden conceded he has a tendency to be a “gaffe machine,”
but in a reference to President Donald Trump said that’s still
much better “compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth.”

“Whether or not I run, whoever runs, I’m going to break my
neck to make sure they win,” Biden said. “We can’t have four more
years.”

Biden said he’s in discussions with his family regarding
whether he’ll run and said they’ll have to decide together. The
former vice president said a decision would likely be announced
in the next six to eight weeks.

Polls have shown Biden
would have a good shot of defeating Trump if he ran
.

The former vice president’s association with former
President Barack Obama,
who remains a popular figure nationwide
, and
appeal to white working-class voters
have placed him at

the top of the shortlist for the Democratic nomination in
2020.

Biden has
teased at running in 2020
several times already, but this
marked perhaps his most detailed discussion yet on his
presidential ambitions. He ran a failed campaign for president in
1988 as a young Delaware senator. Twenty years later, he became
vice president as part of Obama’s ticket after running for the
presidency again.

He flirted heavily with another bid in 2016 but ultimately
decided against running, a move he has said he regrets.

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