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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 March 2019

Democrat Joe Biden hints at 2020 presidential run

Barack Obama's Vice President urges supporters to ‘save their energy’ for a few weeks’ time

Former US Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he 'could not think of any reason' not to run for the top job in 2020. EPA
Former US Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he 'could not think of any reason' not to run for the top job in 2020. EPA

Joe Biden, the former US Vice President under the administration of Barack Obama, has again hinted that he may run in the 2020 presidential election.

"I appreciate the energy you showed when I got up here," Mr Biden told the International Association of Fire Fighters' annual conference on Tuesday.

"Save it a little longer. I may need it in a few weeks. Be careful what you wish for.” Mr Biden’s comments come as he makes is final decision on whether to begin running for president later this year.

Senior Democrats say Mr Biden is likely to make the final decision soon and that an official announcement would be made as early as April, CNN reported.

This is not the first time Mr Biden has flirted with the idea of running for the White House.

He told NBC News on Tuesday that he “could not think of any reason” not to run. On 29 January, he told CNN that he was no hurry to announce but there was “a bigger hurry to decide just personally”.

Fourteen Democratic candidates, all vying to take on President Donald Trump, have entered the party nomination for the 2020 presidential race.

They include Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

On March 6, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire entrepreneur and former mayor of New York, announced that he would not run.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention, where the final presidential nominee will be chosen, will take place between the July 13 and 16, 2019.

Updated: March 13, 2019 08:48 AM

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