Joe Biden has to decide if he’s gonna join in and run….
He IS the leader in the polling and has been for a quite a while….
Joe Biden brought his not-yet-a-campaign campaign to Florida’s biggest liberal bastion on Tuesday and said he’s “a lot closer” to deciding to run for president in 2020 and plans to make “the decision soon.”
Biden made his remarks about his future plans during a question-and-answer portion of an event billed as “An Evening with Vice President Joe Biden” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which had so many people in attendance that Biden said even his daughter wondered about 2020.
“Dad, are we running?” Biden said she told him as they walked in.
“The answer,” Biden said to the crowd, “is that I’m running the traps on this. I don’t want to make this a fool’s errand. I’m a lot closer than I was before Christmas and we’ll make the decision soon.”
Tuesday’s event, one in a string of public appearances by Biden, had all the rhetorical trappings of a campaign speech for a Democratic candidate. He made sure to play up his civil rights bona fides, recounting stories of how he opposed segregation as a kid and then a lawmaker. He referenced in passing how he almost always “voted with labor” unions. He paid homage to how women in the U.S. Senate get along better with each other than the men. And he played up how he was the first in the Obama administration to openly push for gay marriage.
“I evolved a helluva long time ago,” Biden said to laughs.
Unlike some of the other White House hopefuls from his party, however, Biden refrained from mentioning President Donald Trump by name. He also made sure to refer to Obama simply as “Barack.”
“The reason I’m not calling him the president,” Biden said of Obama, “is I don’t want to confuse him with the other guy.”
In keeping with his other speeches, Biden stressed bipartisanship, a rarity in Washington as much as it is during a presidential primary….