Former Vice President Joe Biden has stayed relatively coy on discussing a 2020 presidential run, but Biden made his most sure statement yet this week to a Montana audience.
“I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said to a crowd during a book tour stop Monday night, according to the Missoula Current. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that I’ve worked on my whole life – the plight of the middle class and foreign policy.”
While it’s the closest the former vice president has come to making an official announcement of a 2020 bid, he still held back. “But my family and I need to decide as a unit whether we’re ready,” he told the crowd. “We do everything as a family.”
Biden has been teasing a run for some time, and the teasing is warranted. Biden consistently does well for Democrats in early 2020 presidential race polls. But no major players have officially announced a run, although there is speculation that Biden would run along with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Corey Booker.
President Donald Trump has his eyes on a second term and knows Biden could be one of his competitors.
“Well, I dream, I dream about Biden,” Trump said in a July interview. “That’s a dream. Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than 1 percent, and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did. I’d love to have it be Biden.”
Biden acknowledged on Monday that he has faults, but he claimed they’re more positive than Trump’s.
“I may be a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth,” he said. “No one doubts what I say, the problem is I sometimes say all that I mean. The question is what kind of nation are we becoming?”
Whether Biden will be the candidate to take on Trump or not, the former vice president is certain Trump shouldn’t win a second term. “We can’t have four more years.”