Bi­den backs off com­ments hint­ing at 2020 pres­i­den­tial bid

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — S.A. Miller

Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den on Sun­day walked back his re­cent com­ments about eye­ing an­other White House run in 2020, call­ing four years a “life­time in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.”

Mr. Bi­den, 74, who three times has run for pres­i­dent and flirted with a run this year, said his age could be an is­sue, and the po­lit­i­cal land­scape could shift dra­mat­i­cally be­fore the next elec­tion.

“Age could be very much an is­sue and it could not be. It de­pends on the state of my health and the health of whomever is run­ning,” he said in an in­ter­view on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Mr. Bi­den ig­nited spec­u­la­tion about his pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions last week when he made a quip to re­porters about a run, and then left it open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion whether he was jok­ing.

“Four years is a life­time in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics,” he said in the in­ter­view. “Who knows where we’re gonna be two years from now when peo­ple start look­ing se­ri­ously about what they’re go­ing to do?”

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