Al Hunt: Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump in 2020? It Could Happen
Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov 13 2017 | Al Hunt
Posted on 11/13/2017, 3:06:06 PM by drewh
I think it could work, with caveats: Biden would have to pick a special type of running mate well in advance, plan only to serve one term and release all his health records. And he’d have to be running against President Donald Trump.
Most of my expert friends dismiss the viability of a Biden run, but Biden doesn’t. He and his political advisers take the prospect seriously.
To be sure, those who tell me I’m daffy have compelling reasons. Biden was a terrible candidate — twice! — when he ran for president in 1987 and 2007. A half-century in politics doesn’t usually produce new ideas. He can be a gaffe machine, unable to keep ill-considered first thoughts to himself. From Day One he would be the oldest person to occupy the office.
A politician first elected in 1970 is not going to be the face of the future. But after the exhaustion and trauma of the Trump years, voters will look for stability, solidity, maturity, global experience, civility and integrity. Biden checks all the boxes.
There’s still the issue of age. If elected he’d be 78 upon taking office, three years older than Trump though probably in better shape.
Biden should select a woman, in her 40s or 50s, who has won elective office and demonstrated the capacity to step into the president’s shoes.
His case to voters would be direct: I’m the most experienced man to ever run for president, and by the end of the first term I will have developed a partner with stellar credentials to succeed me.
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