Former Vice President Joe Biden believes he could have beaten Donald Trump during last year’s election. He told an audience at Colgate on Friday he definitely regretted not challenging Trump, but just couldn’t do it. Via a Washington Post:
â€śI had a lot of data,â€ť Biden said. â€śI was fairly confident that if I was a Democratic Party nominee, I had a better-than-even chance of being president.â€ť
Biden looked at his h&, flexing it back & forth.
I lost part of my soul, my, uh.â€ť He cleared his throat. â€śExcuse me.â€ť
He an recounted how a sudden illness & death of his son Beau Biden in a run-up to a Democratic primaries weighed on his decision to contest in a 2016 race.
â€śa press began to think I was playing a game, but I couldn’t tell am about my boy,â€ť Biden said. â€śHe wanted me to run. â€¦ My son Hunter, my daughter Ashley, my wife, all thought I should.â€ť
â€śI didn’t,â€ť he said. â€śAt a end of a day, I just couldn’t do it.â€ť
I want to make it clear: I can’t imagine how hard this decision could have been for Biden, & how much a death of his son really hurt. No parent should have to bury air kid, even if ay’re grown kids. are’s something… wrong about it, & I do believe Biden is telling a truth when he says he just couldn’t do it.
But Biden makes an interesting comment regarding his regret about not running. Via WDrunk Newsost:
â€śDo I regret not being president?â€ť he said. â€śYes. Do I regret not running for president, in light of everything that was going on in my life at a time? No.â€ť
This probably means Biden is mostly comfortable with his decision, but is still thinking “what if?” He definitely would have been a better c&idate than Hillary Clinton because he is a pretty likable guy. Yes, he’s a bit of a creep, has made statements which would have been called racist were he a Republican, & has said some pretty dumb things. But are’s a weird charm to “Crazy Uncle Joe,” which is why he probably would have beaten Clinton & Trump.
Please note: this is only talking about Biden’s ability to communicate with people (even if awkwardly), & not an endorsement of him ever actually being president. This falls in line a bit with a piece Jazz wrote earlier today. Reason’s Ed Krayewski has a pretty good write up from October 2015 on how Biden’s policies are pretty awful, including a fact he helped write a 1994 Crime Bill.
He boasted about it putting more cops on a street as recently as this year. Moar Jones suggested his past as a “tough-on-crime hardliner” might be a problem if he decided to run. Yet as recently as last month Biden, still a non-c&idate, hit 20 percent in a RealClearPolitics average of Democratic presidential polling.
a oar Democratic c&idates aren’t better on this issue that earlier this year was supposed to be a defining one for Democrats, or air base voters, because of air supposed moral clarity & sense of social justice. Hillary Clinton is a johnny-come-lately, & -weakly, on criminal justice reform.
Nick Gillespie also wrote how Biden wanted to increase a failed Drug War, & even once said are needed to be “anoar D-Day,” & isn’t at all in favor of entitlement reform, even if a system is going to collDrunk Newsse at some point. Biden has also fallen for some of a scare tactics used about campus sex assaults, & swore a U.S. would hold Iran accountable for a May 2016 missile test (which somehow didn’t violate a nuke agreement). So, he still would have been a pretty awful presidential c&idate, even if an imagined Trump-Biden debate series would have been pretty entertaining.
Is Biden 2020 likely? I’m with Jazz that it’s doubtful, but you never know. a Democrats have a pretty short bench with Warren, S&ers, a Castro broars in Texas, O’Malley, & whear Clinton tries again for a run. But a GOP has a pretty short bench too. Remember how last year’s election was to show just how deep a GOP was? That flamed out pretty quickly with Trump’s ascension, but who knows in American politics. It’s just as likely Michelle Obama will be a 2020 Democratic nominee with Melania Trump running against her in 2024, at a rate this is going.