Joe Biden says family wants 2020 run

February 26, 2019

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that he is being “prodded” by family members to run for president in 2020.

He said at a question-and-answer session at the University of Delaware that he had just held a family meeting about the possibility of what would be a third bid for the White House.

“Prodded by my son Hunter, my wife Jill and my daughter ... there is a consensus that they, the most important people in my life, want me to run,” he said in a video posted by NBC News.

Mr. Biden didn’t formally toss his hat into the already-crowded Democratic ring, though he did say he is “very close to getting to a decision.”

He said he would make sure that a path to success exists because he would want to run a “fool’s errand” campaign.

But the threshold question of family approval he noted that his children and grandchildren had lived their lives in the public eye and are “not naive” had been passed successfully.

“The first hurdle for me is deciding whether or not I am comfortable taking the family through what would be a very very very difficult campaign ... I am certain where the family is,” Mr. Biden said.