Thursday 25 April 2019

Biden's slip tells Democrats he's ready to run in 2020 election

Ahead in the polls: Joe Biden is already a favoured candidate. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Ahead in the polls: Joe Biden is already a favoured candidate. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

David Millward

Joe Biden, one of the favourites to win the 2020 Democratic nomination, appeared to announce his presidential candidacy over the weekend - before retracting his remarks.

Addressing 1,000 Democrats in his home state of Delaware, the 76-year-old former vice-president told his audience his record was the most progressive "of anyone running for the United...".

He corrected himself quickly, saying "anybody who would run", but it was too late: his audience burst into applause in response to what they believed was an announcement of a presidential run. A rather embarrassed Mr Biden said, "I didn't mean that", before crossing himself.

It may have been a slip of the tongue, but in recent days Mr Biden has been stoking speculation he is ready to take on Donald Trump, having sat out the 2016 campaign after his son's death.

He dropped a less than subtle hint when addressing the International Association of Firefighters - many of whom were waving placards saying "Run Joe Run" last week.

"I appreciate the energy you have shown here. Save it a little longer - I may need it in a few weeks. Be careful what you wish for," he said.

Even though he has yet to declare himself a candidate, Mr Biden is leading a number of polls ahead of Bernie Sanders, the left-wing Vermont senator who ran Hillary Clinton close in 2016, and Senator Kamala Harris of California.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's name will not appear on voting ballots in Washington State if the president fails to release his tax returns ahead of the 2020 elections.

Lawmakers in the Washington State senate approved major legislation this week that would legally require all presidential candidates to release the last five years of their personal tax returns.

Irish Independent

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