'Former Vice President Joe Biden hinted that he might consider challenging President Donald Trump in 2020, telling a crowd he thinks he is “the most qualified person in the country” for a shot at the presidency.
“I'll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden told a crowd at a book tour event in Montana on Monday, without skipping a beat. “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.”
Even the moderator on the night, Bruce Feiler, played devil’s advocate. Biden, he said, is too old; co-sponsored the Clinton crime bill – responsible for incarcerating millions of young black men, many for non-violent drug offenses; chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Anita Hill hearing, and is therefore out of touch with the mores of the #MeToo era.
Besides, Feiler continued, “who wants to wake up at 6am for the next two years and get insults from the President of the United States?...You're a gaffe machine. I could go on. Which of these scares you the most?" Nevertheless, he persisted. “I'm ready to litigate all those things, the question is what kind of nation are we becoming? What are we going to do? Who are we?”
Biden’s bold insistence on a presidential run is not a new turn for the former VP. Days before departing the White House, Biden told reporters that he is “going to run in 2020,” but he later dismissed that statement, saying “I am not committed to anything.”
A campaign against a seasoned insult-slinger like Trump would be a brutal one though. While Feiler called Biden a “gaffe machine,” the current president would surely dream up far more cutting nicknames for a man who has been accused of inappropriately touching countless women and children, some of whom recoiled at whatever it was he whispered in their ears.'
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