Joe Biden: "I think I'm the most qualified person to be president"
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Possible 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is confident about his ability to do the job. "I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face
as a country today are the issues that I've worked on my whole life — the plight of the middle class and foreign policy," the former vice president said Monday night at an event for his
book tour in Montana, according to the Missoula Current.
The comments are the clearest signal yet that Biden could challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. However, the 76-year-old Democrat said his family "needs to decide as a unit
whether we're ready" for a presidential campaign.
Biden has strong name recognition. Democrats deployed him and his colloquial style to hotly contested swing areas in this year's midterms. The party will likely need to win in those
areas to defeat Trump in 2020, and Biden is seen as a strong pitchman to the white working class on issues such as health care, labor rights, Social Security and Medicare.
But in the midterms, voters showed an affinity for fresh faces. Biden's age and long years in Washington could make him unappealing in a field that could include younger lawmakers
such as Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas or Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Democratic primary voters will also likely seize on parts of Biden's record. As the party clamors for criminal justice reform, critics have said a 1990s crime bill that Biden championed
helped fuel mass incarceration. In an era where more focus in Washington has turned to accusations of sexual harassment against powerful officials, he could face backlash for his
handling of the Anita Hill hearings during Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation.
At the Montana event, Biden was also asked whether he could run despite being a "gaffe machine." "I may be a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy
who can't tell the truth. No one doubts what I say. The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean," the former vice president said.
Oh goodie another centrist Dem to change fuckall
I'll pass, I'd take him over any Republican but he's still too much of an old fuck and too comfy with the Democratic establishment for me to be excited about him at all.
He feels like a boring default choice that will probably result in a very non-noteworthy presidency.
Just as a thought exercise, if Biden was running for president would it be possible or even lawful for him to select Obama as his vice-president?
we just had a landslide election for progressives and the most centrist guy steps up and says they think they are the most qualified.
"Qualification" is a good campaign word to use.
No. If you're not eligible to be President you're ineligible to be Vice President.
if Biden resigned/died that would make Obama president for a third term, which would be illegal. so no
If Biden died more then halfway into his term it doesn't count, the presidency is limited to two terms and ten years.
You mean eight years not ten.
He's touched the most underage girls in office, I'll give him that.
In the United States, the president of the United States is elected indirectly through the United States Electoral College to a four-year term, with a term limit of two terms (totaling eight years) or a maximum of ten years if the president acted as president for two years or less in a term where another was elected as president, imposed by the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1951.
rather be non-noteworthy than whatever the fuck trump is gonna be known as
rather not, we need drastic changes to our country right now and Biden isn't going to do that.
Is Joe Biden really all that bad, though? In what ways is he a centrist? Who would be a better choice?
As far as i can tell, he at worst has a pretty standard Democratic platform. Even then, I can't really pick out a position of his that I don't like.
But regardless, His running for president idea is still waste of time by this point since you need check how many times he did run as president in 1988, 2008 and some many close calls but rejected (1994 and 2016 as I called) to run over reasons through out his political career is proving one thing, He's bad planner and bad strategic man on running for president.
And for people for who did forget what he did in this last January, Was by insulting Millennials was clearly bad move of get my generation voting for him, lol...
Agreed, but having a non-noteworthy president is just gonna delay whoever the next Trump-like president will be and let more frustration grow.
Considering both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were friends of notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and alleged passengers of his Lolita Express, this may turn out not to be true.
God I'd cream for a non-noteworthy president at this point
Maybe, but we're shaping up to have a great selection of progressive, reform-focused candidates in 2020 and we'd be very collectively silly to pass them up for a safer option.
I'm already seeing the nightmare scenario where Biden and Sanders both run, Sanders narrowly loses again, but there isn't enough excitement for Biden to defeat Trump, Trump goes on to win 2020.
Qualified? Sure, I'll grant him that, because I can't think of anyone else with better qualifications. But that doesn't make him my ideal president. I'd rather someone with more radical ideas - someone looking to actually fix things, not just keep America limping along for another eight years.
I also think it's a bad idea for the Democrats to select anyone who seems like an "obvious" candidate. Fox News spent a decade railing against Hillary, indoctrinating their viewers into thinking she was satan in a pantsuit, because she was the obvious pick for the Democrats. Obama winning the primary messed them up because they hadn't yet brainwashed their audience into hating him - it took them five or six years to really get there. So whoever we pick, it should be someone the average Fox viewer hasn't even heard of. So I'd have to say no to Nancy Pelosi, or Biden, or AOC (she's not an obvious presidential candidate but holy shit Fox has taken to hating on her). Not really any fault of their own but we need someone who above all can win elections, and as long as they're even vaguely leftish and not completely incompetent, they'll be a step up from Individual 1.
Well there more candidates this time who already begin running or interest to run as President under Democratic Party ticket unlike last election. And I don't know who will make Sanders lose even further.
This kind of rhetoric is never a good thing. Just makes you look like an idiot.
Yeah tbh I like Biden and I don't even think he is wrong but this seems really arrogant.
I'm hoping it's a misdirection ploy. Act like he's going to run, say a bunch of stuff like this that'll trigger conservatives, maybe get some talk of Hillary as VP on his ticket, get the Republican hate machine in full swing against him, and then just be all "nah bruh, don't feel like running".
Constitutional lawyers hate him!
AFAIK, 10 years is the maximum someone can be president. This is for situations where the VP takes over 2 years into the presidency for whatever reason(death, impeachment, maybe they ran off to be a roadie for Rush one last time), then the acting president wins two terms and serves them in full.
Yea no, Biden's just not someone you can get excited about. Sometimes I'd forget he even existed during Obama's presidency.
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