Former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly leaning toward mounting a presidential campaign in the 2020 election. Sources close to Biden said he would throw his hat into the race if he was convinced no other Democratic candidate would be a sufficient opponent for President Donald Trump.
On Nov. 10, several people close to Biden disclosed that he was privately discussing a potential presidential bid. The sources, who all requested anonymity, asserted that Biden was convinced that it was his responsibility to unseat Trump from the White House, Politico reports.
"He's a great respecter of fate," said one source. "At some point, it may turn into fate and planning."
Biden, 74, will soon embark on a book tour to promote his memoir about the death of his eldest son, Beau Biden, titled "Promise Me, Dad." While the book tour has been designed to be apolitical, people familiar with the planning said that it would serve as a test to determine if Biden had the emotional wherewithal to run a presidential campaign.
"Right now, he's pretty laser-focused on the book tour," said a source close to Biden's advisers. "Get through that and go see what we can do in '18, and see where things are then."
One Democratic donor said Biden would only run in 2020 if he believed that the crop of Democratic contenders was thin.
"If someone emerges that the former VP believes can beat [Trump], I think he is at peace with that," the donor said. "On the other hand, if that person doesn't exist or doesn't run, you can expect Joe Biden to take a very serious look."
On Nov. 1, Biden stated during a speaking engagement at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Illinois that he was concerned by the Trump administration and its impact on the nation.
"Today, I worry we're talking down a very dark path that isolates the United States on the world stage, endangers the American people," Biden said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "And, with other international events taking place that are tearing at the fabric of a liberal world order, it's even more dangerous."
Since the 2016 election, Biden has given mixed signals about his intentions for 2020. On Nov. 6, Biden said he was unsure about his future during a panel event in Salt Lake City.
"Yes, I think I'm qualified, but that doesn't mean I should be president or that I will run for president," Biden said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "The honest-to-god answer is that I don't know."
On Nov. 9, Biden reflected on his decision not to enter the 2016 presidential race. The former vice president had bowed out of contention, citing that he was still mourning the loss of his son.
"I regret that I am not president because I think there is so much opportunity," Biden told OWN. "I think America is so incredibly well positioned ... I don't regret the decision I made because it was the right decision for my family."
On Nov. 9, a poll conducted by Zogby Analytics found that Biden would beat Trump in a hypothetical 2020 contest. The poll found 50 percent of registered voters would cast a ballot for Biden while 41 percent said they would support Trump, the Washington Examiner reports.
Sources: Chicago Tribune, OWN/YouTube, Politico, The Salt Lake Tribune, Washington Examiner / Feature Image: LBJ Library/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland/Flickr, LBJ Library/Flickr