Is Joe Biden Campaigning for 2020?

He’s giving political endorsements and promoting a book about the death of his son, but is Joe Biden also campaigning?

Is Joe Biden campaigning or promoting his book about his son dying?

Maybe the answer is that Joe Biden can’t NOT be campaigning no matter what he does in America. After all, Democrats are desperate for a leader and a candidate for 2020. No one they have tried has proven to have potential as such a DNC champion. Oprah Winfrey was talked up and forgotten virtually over a weekend.

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So maybe it’s just the Democrats. Otherwise, it would look like Biden was leveraging his dead son, and that would be distasteful.

NBC News reports, “Joe Biden steams into midterm campaigns as 2020 question looms.

The former vice president already has been one of the most active Democratic surrogates in 2017 and 2018, and his advisers are hard at work on plans for a busy campaign schedule this fall that could have him appearing at as many as a dozen events each week.

At the same time, he and a trusted inner circle have quietly been engaging a wider network of political allies to sketch the outlines of what a Biden 2020 candidacy might look like should he decide to run, multiple sources who have participated in the discussions tell NBC News.

Biden himself has only gone so far as to say he’s not ruled out what would be a third run for the White House. He’s also been adamant that while a decision won’t come until after the 2018 midterms, it shouldn’t linger much beyond year’s end — a timetable that would help to bring some order to what could be the largest Democratic presidential field in generations.

“If there were a primary here next week in South Carolina, and Joe Biden were in the primary, he would win it — going away,” predicted Rep. James Clyburn, the assistant House Democratic leader and a longtime friend who speaks often with Biden. “What’s going to happen between now and 2020 is another question. I have no idea.”

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Last Wednesday was three years since Beau Biden died at 46 from brain cancer. On Monday, Biden sets off for the second leg of a tour promoting his 2017 memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which documents Beau’s diagnosis and how those events shaped Biden’s final years in the nation’s second-highest office — and ultimately his decision not to seek the top job in the last election.

Those close to Biden say the more than two dozen book-tour stops he has done so far have been somewhat cathartic, as the often emotional hourlong question-and-answer sessions helped him through the ongoing grieving process while also giving him a forum to discuss current events and inevitably his political future.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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