Biden suggests he would serve only one term if elected president

Clay Curtis
December 12, 2019

Former vice president Joe Biden has reportedly suggested that he would only serve one term if elected president but has stopped short of publicly pledging not to run again.

The online Harris Poll survey released by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard found that Clinton placed first with 21% of the vote, even though she is not running for the White House seat in 2020.

Although Biden has maintained a solid lead in the polls since launching his campaign, his numerous mistakes and apparent failures of memory have fueled concerns about whether Biden, at his age, is fit for the rigors of the presidency.

The adviser argued that public acknowledgment of that reality could help Biden assuage younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.

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Biden, 77, would be 82-years-old at the time of re-election in 2024 making the former vice president the first president elected in his 80s if successful.

Some believe that by Biden announcing his intentions and then selecting a young and diverse vice president and Cabinet, he could portray himself to Democratic voters as the candidate best suited to defeat President Trump and the candidate introducing fresh faces in the party.

Four anonymous sources said that Biden running for reelection at his age would be "virtually inconceivable", in Politico's words.

According to Politico, Biden has been privately signaling to his aides that he likely will not seek a second term if he beats President Donald Trump. "I'd love to have an election this year for the next generation of leaders, but if I have to wait four years to get rid of Trump, I'm willing to do it".

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