Joe Biden believes he is the “most qualified person in the country to be President.” Is he right?
Former Vice President Joe Biden is fueling more 2020 speculation, stating that he is “the most qualified person in the country to be president” and teasing that an announcement about his candidacy could come within six weeks.
Biden has been flirting with another presidential run after deciding not to seek the highest office in 2016, a decision he has said he regrets every day. But his remarks Monday evening at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he was promoting his book “Promise Me, Dad,” suggested the wheels of a White House bid may already be in motion.
“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 said, according to CNN. “I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it.”
He’s upset by Trump’s politics, and he’s also angry about Trump’s nonstop attack on the institutions he devoted his life to. By 2020, it’ll be 48 years since Biden was first elected to the Senate, and almost immediately had people talking about him running for president one day. And with his 78th birthday two weeks after Election Day, he knows it’ll also be his last possible chance to run. He wants the job, and he thinks, as he said again on Monday at an event in Montana, that he could do it better than anyone else—though at the same event he also noted that he wanted to think about what would be best for his grandchildren.
“Whether or not I run, whoever runs, I’m going to break my neck to make sure they win,” said Biden. “We can’t have four more years [of Trump].”