Biden: ‘I’m Not Closing the Door’ on Running for President in 2020


Former Vice President Joe Biden refused to rule out a 2020 presidential run on "Today" Monday.

When asked if he could have beaten President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Biden said "the polling data at the time said yes and since then," but that "you got to be in the race" to know for sure.

Host Matt Lauer used that answer as a set-up to ask him if he's in the race for 2020, to which Biden laughed.

"Look I can tell you honestly, if the Lord almighty came down, sat in the middle of the table and said ‘Joe, the nomination is yours but you got to take it now,' I would say no, because … I am just—we're working through a whole lot. We're getting there and I want to focus on my boy," Biden said.

Biden was referring to his late son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46. His newly released book focuses on their relationship and dealing with his death.

"But you're not closing the door?" host Savannah Guthrie asked Biden.

"No, I'm not closing the door. I've been around too long, and I'm a great respecter of fate, but who knows what the situation is going to be a year-and-a-half from now," Biden said.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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