Biden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report

Advisers to former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: 'We've learned in the last two years, it doesn't take much to awaken hate' 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president MORE have reportedly floated the idea of him teaming up with a younger running mate if he ran for president in 2020, potentially including Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

The Associated Press, citing people speaking on the condition of anonymity, reported the scenario Friday while noting that current and past advisers have discussed having Biden team up with a younger running mate to alleviate concerns about his age.

Biden would be 77 years old on Election Day in 2020 and would be the oldest president ever elected if he won. He has said he is considering launching another White House bid to take on Trump in two years, and is expected to face a crowded Democratic field.

Democrats have sought in recent years to appeal to younger voters, especially women, as well as people of color, though have also weighed the best strategy for 2020 to take on Trump, who was elected after winning over white, working-class voters in the Midwest.

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The Democratic presidential field is also expected to include a diverse crop of candidates, including a number of women and minority politicians with a wide range of ages.

Biden selecting O'Rourke, 46, would afford him a younger running mate but would also mean having a white all-male ticket.

A Biden spokesperson declined to comment, and O’Rourke’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Ronald Reagan was the oldest person to be elected president at 73, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE was 70 when he was elected.

Biden is expected to make a decision on whether to run in the coming months.

O'Rourke, a three-term congressman, has not ruled out a potential presidential bid of his own after coming within 3 points of defeating Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R) in Texas last month.

While initially ruling out a 2020 campaign, O’Rourke has appeared to reconsider after running an unusually tight Senate race in the staunchly Republican Lone Star State and igniting enthusiasm among Democratic voters and individual donors.

The crowded 2020 Democratic primary field is likely to include several candidates in their 40s and 50s, including O’Rourke, Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi Harris2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Kamala Harris staffer mocks O'Reilly for saying Harris 'lost' his vote for president Harris after announcing presidential run says her 'highest priority' is protecting Mueller probe MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Kamala Harris staffer mocks O'Reilly for saying Harris 'lost' his vote for president Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination CNN analyst Phil Mudd: Barr will ‘crush’ Trump administration MORE (D-Minn.), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro. 

Other figures who are weighing potential bids include Vermont independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Sanders knocks Trump in MLK Day speech Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE, 77, and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Kamala Harris staffer mocks O'Reilly for saying Harris 'lost' his vote for president Kamala Harris announces presidential campaign MORE, 69.

Biden spent 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president to former President Obama, who remains popular among the Democratic base.

At an event in Montana this month, Biden described himself as “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

“The issues we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life,” he said.