Joe Biden is already battling his image as a frail, old man.
This story is not going to help him with that.
According to sources close to the former vice president, including at least one adviser, Joe is privately floating the idea of serving only one term if he becomes president.
Politico has the story:
Biden signals to aides that he would serve only a single term
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling to aides that he would serve only a single term.
While the option of making a public pledge remains available, Biden has for now settled on an alternative strategy: quietly indicating that he will almost certainly not run for a second term while declining to make a promise that he and his advisers fear could turn him into a lame duck and sap him of his political capital.
According to four people who regularly talk to Biden, all of whom asked for anonymity to discuss internal campaign matters, it is virtually inconceivable that he will run for reelection in 2024, when he would be the first octogenarian president.
“If Biden is elected,” a prominent adviser to the campaign said, “he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”
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Biden was asked about this report and denied the claim:
Biden denies @politico report that he would serve only a single term if elected President.pic.twitter.com/qhJzYt8D8N
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) December 11, 2019
His deputy campaign manager also denies it:
Lots of chatter out there on this so just want to be crystal clear: this is not a conversation our campaign is having and not something VP Biden is thinking about. https://t.co/mXNEnX6GrU
— Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds) December 11, 2019
Of course, Biden probably won’t even serve one term.
He would likely be crushed by Trump in a general election.
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