Former Vice President Joe Biden let his guard down to lay bare his fears in a recent campaign speech. During a rally in Michigan on Thursday for Elissa Slotkin — who is hoping for a seat in Congress — Biden said that the only thing that worried him about the explosives he received was the possibility that his granddaughters would pick them up.
“The three times this past week the forces of hate have terrorized our fellow Americans for their political beliefs, for the color of their skin, or for the religion they practice,” Biden said, speaking in a quiet and steady voice. “[…] The only thing that worried me [about the explosives] was whether my granddaughters would pick any of them up.”
He also called attention to the “cold-blooded murder of two African-Americans in a supermarket in Kentucky because they were black.”
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— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2018
Biden is widely viewed as one of the favorites in the 2020 presidential race if he decides to step into the ring. While he’s now 75 years old, he has the name recognition that spurs massive fundraising potential, and he will have the backing of the Washington power structure.
The former vice president was one of a handful of top Democratic figures and media outlets to receive an explosive device, believed to be mailed by 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc of Florida.
Thankfully, the explosives didn’t hurt anyone, but the mail bombs set off a week of domestic terror incidents that included a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue and the shooting at a Kroger Supermarket in Kentucky that Biden referenced in his Thursday speech.
Biden and former President Barack Obama both have spent time on the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections, and once Tuesday is over, we can probably expect them both to begin preparing to provide support to whoever decides to take up the torch for the Democrats’ 2020 hopes.