Reports: Biden Considering New Presidential Run, ‘Steals Show’ at Munich Security Conference With 2020 Buzz

Former Vice President Joe Biden is strongly considering a run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for 2020 according to a report by the Associated Press’ Josh Lederman published Saturday. Separately, it was reported by Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer that Biden ‘stole the show’ at this week’s Munich Security Conference where he was welcomed with open arms by European leaders ‘with an air of ‘2020’ swirling around him’.

Excerpt from the AP report:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential 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 presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats even though he’s only a few years older than Trump. One possibility that Biden’s longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch…

The AP report also note Biden is planning to ‘play a major role’ in the 2018 mid-term elections to help the Democrats take back the House and Senate.

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”

Photos were posted of Biden meeting with Kurdish Regional Government leaders, including KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, at the conference–just one of the ‘tons of meetings’ Biden was reported to be holding.

Another meeting Biden took was with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, according to the IQD Team.

Biden was at the conference ostensibly to present an award to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who could not attend due to illness.


Biden gave a speech to the conference on Friday which can be seen at the link in this tweet by the Penn Biden Center.

Biden’s speech was seen by the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin as a likely 2020 preview.

To win the presidency Biden would have to overcome the numerous videos of him molesting girls and young women in public settings when he served as vice president.

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