Biden Says He’s Worried Trump Will ‘Take No Prisoners’ if He Runs in 2020
Former VP 95% decided to run against president, but fears he will 'play too rough'
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he's almost fully committed to entering the race for 2020 but is held back by fears that President Donald Trump will "take no prisoners" if he decides to run against him, according to reports.
According to media reports, Biden is now 95 percent prepared to announce his bid for the White House but is worried that Trump will play too rough during the general election campaign.
Last year, President Trump described Joe Biden as his "dream" Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
“I dream about Biden,” Trump told CBS News during an interview last summer.
“That’s a dream.
"Look, Joe Biden ran three times.
"He never got more than 1 percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did.
"I’d love to have it be Biden.”
Biden’s chief strategist, Steve Ricchetti, is signaling that the Delaware Democrat is about 95 percent committed to running, officials connected to the former vice president told The New York Times Thursday.
According to the Daily Caller, there are several issues tossing a monkey wrench into Biden’s plans, however, chief among them is concern that Trump will exploit his personal life.
“I don’t think he’s likely to stop at anything, whomever he runs against,” Biden told The NYT on Feb. 26, referring to the president’s street brawling style of campaigning.
He is worried about putting his “family through what would be a very, very, very difficult campaign.”
Biden believes Trump might try to exploit his tumultuous private life — his son’s checkered romantic history could be the chief reason.
Operatives worry Hunter Biden, the former VP’s 49-year-old son, would inevitably become an ongoing issue if Biden were to join an increasingly crowded presidential race.
Hunter’s romantic relationship with his brother’s widow created headlines throughout the past several years, though most of the reports went under the radar during Biden’s tenure in the Obama administration.
Biden’s other son, Beau, died of brain cancer in May 2015.
Hunter, who was married at the time, became involved shortly thereafter with his older brother’s widow, Hallie.
Hunter’s wife later claimed in divorce papers that her husband wasted money on prostitutes, strip clubs, and drugs, among other vices.
Biden also worries jumping into the race would be a fool’s errand.
“What I don’t want to do is take people’s time, effort and commitment without there being a clear shot that I could be the nominee,” he said at a Feb. 28 event in Delaware.
He extended an end-of-2018 timeline into January and then into March.
Biden is enjoying wide support from the Democratic base, perhaps as a result of his connection with former President Barack Obama.
“People underestimate the intensity of his support and how broad it is,” John Anzalone, a Democratic pollster, said in an interview with the NYT.
Biden still has the support of black people (70 percent), white people without a college education (71 percent), and white people with a college education (83 percent), according to an NPR poll in January.
His numbers are sky-high compared to Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California.
Results from the NPR poll come off the heels of a Morning Consult poll in December 2018 showing Biden leading the pack of prospective Democratic nominees in 2020.
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders followed a close second in the poll, drawing 19 percent among Democrats.