Outgoing United States Vice President Joe Biden revealed that he might be running for the presidency in 2020, though he later mentioned that he has not yet committed to the idea.
Biden, who has risen in popularity as outgoing President Barack Obama's right hand man, could prove to be a tough challenge for President-elect Donald Trump if he seeks re-election after his first four-year term.
Biden Reveals Plans To Run In 2020
Biden, who is also a former senator and loved as the subject of various memes, revealed to reporters on the evening of Dec. 5 the possibility that he would be running for the presidency in 2020.
"I am going to run in 2020," Biden said. When asked by a reporter if he was kidding on what he said, Biden had to pause for a few seconds.
"I'm not committing not to run. I'm not committed to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening," Biden added.
Biden Backed Out Of 2016 Presidential Race
There were previous plans for Biden to run for president in the recently concluded 2016 elections, but he decided to back out of the race due to the death of his eldest son in May 2015. Beau succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 46, and Biden said that the emotional trauma over losing his son would be too much for him to bear while on the campaign trail.
While he would instead go on to support Hillary Clinton in her campaign trail, Biden later said that he regretted not running for the presidency in 2016 every day, claiming that he would have been the best president.
Biden As Trump Challenger
As President Obama's second-in-command, Biden was able to develop a higher public profile, partly due to his close relationship, or "bromance" with the president. As such, he is considered to be among the most powerful vice-presidents ever in the history of the United States.
Due to this, it is widely believed that Biden would prove to be a worthy challenger to Trump in the 2020 national elections if the President-elect will seek to renew his term. Biden has proven to be popular among the working-class voters in the Appalachians and in the Rust Belt, which are locations where Clinton struggled.
It might be years in the future, with Trump not even having been sworn into the position yet. However, it seems that #Biden2020 is already starting, as the Americans who are vocally against Trump and his antics are already looking forward to a potential Biden-Trump battle.