He may have been joking, but he did say that “fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Vice President Joe Biden made an offhand comment on Capitol Hill on Monday that, if taken seriously, would be welcome news to many in the Democratic Party.
He stuck around to chat with reporters after a Senate vote on legislation to increase funding for health research, part of which was dedicated to his late son, Beau, who died last year of brain cancer.
“Are you going to run again?” a reporter asked.
“Yeah, I am,” Biden said. “I’m going to run in 2020.”
“For president,” he replied. “What the hell, man, anyway.”
Some journalists asked him if he was kidding. (Biden would turn 78 years old soon after Election Day in 2020.)
He paused for several seconds, then replied, “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”