Biden’s daughter: I hope he runs in 2020

Greg Nash

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter says she hopes her father mounts a White House run in 2020, but acknowledged that “he’s not there” yet.

“I hope so,” Ashley Biden told Women’s Wear Daily when asked if her father had plans to run. “He’s busier truly than ever. Right now his focus is on the [Biden] Foundation and Cancer Moonshot, as well as getting other Democrats elected. He’s not there. He’s taking it day by day after the loss of my dear beloved brother. … He’ll make a decision when that time comes.”

“It’s a little ways away. A lot can happen in four years and we know this as a family,” she added. “If he is in good health, knock on wood, and seeing what the landscape is at the time, yeah, I think he is considering it.”{mosads}

Speculation has long swirled that the former vice president could mount a presidential bid. He declined to enter the 2016 race after the death of his eldest son Beau Biden from brain cancer in 2015.

But since leaving office in January, Biden has maintained a relatively high profile, starting the Biden Foundation and launching the Biden Cancer Initiative this summer.

Ashley Biden said that she believes her father will launch a presidential run if he remains in good health. For now, she said, he’s “supercharged,” though she acknowledged that things could change at any time.

“The man is sort of supercharged. So I think, if we get to that [decision] point, yeah, I think he will do it,” she said. “But a lot can happen in three years. You just don’t know. Life happens. God willing we’re healthy and strong and we go for it. You just never know.”

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