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Biden May Run In 2020

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Former Vice President Joe Biden hasn't ruled out a possible bid for the presidency in 2020.

"I haven’t decided to run," he told Vanity Fair in an interview published Oct. 25, "but I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens."

He calls current president Donald Trump “self-referential and uninformed,” adding that he is a threat to democracy.

"This sounds corny," said Biden, "but everything the founders did was to erect institutions that made it more difficult to abuse power. That’s why they have three different branches of government. And what really worries me about this administration is the frontal attack on those institutions that, if they were lost, makes the abuse of power so much more available."

Biden, who will turn 75 in November, was going to run in 2016, but abandoned his plans when his son Beau died of brain cancer. 

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"I had planned on running, and I wasn’t running against Hillary or Bernie or anybody else," said Biden, who served alongside Former President Barack Obama. "Honest to God, I thought that I was the best suited for the moment to be president."

Many democrats were hopeful of Biden running in 2016, but the former vice president made it clear in Sept. 2015 that he still needed more time to grieve.

"I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president, and, two, they can look at the folks out there and say, ‘I promise you, you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion to do this.’ And I’d be lying if I said that I knew that I was there," he said during an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Now, Biden is traveling the country campaigning for Democratic hopefuls running for statewide office, according to KTLA. He's also been promoting his new book "Promise Me Dad," which centers around his son's illness and will be released Nov. 14.

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Most notably, he's been promoting an agenda of bipartisanship, participating in a number of events alongside Republicans. Recently, he invited Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware to talk compromise along party lines.

But, it's too soon to tell if his recent activity is laying the groundwork for a future presidential run. He's still unsure if he wants his family to be under that much media scrutiny, especially given his recent tragic loss.

"It’s hard," he told Vanity Fair. "You don’t run by yourself. Your family is totally implicated. They become news; they become fodder."

Sources: Vanity Fair, KTLA / Featured Image: David Lienemann/The White House / Embedded Images: Sharon Farmer/The White HouseChuck Kennedy/Wikimedia Commons

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