Biden likely to be one term president if he gets to White House

by Editorial Team

Joe Biden has all but decided to be #OneTermJoe. But the Democratic front runner isn’t necessarily planning to make a pledge to spend only four years at the White House.

“He’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,” a prominent adviser to the campaign told Politico.

Biden’s campaign is rejecting the report as groundless “chatter.”

“This is … not something VP Biden is thinking about,” said Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign director.

Even if Biden, 77, is determined to make the unusual step of not running for reelection he faces a tricky question about whether to publicly acknowledge it.

Some pundits believe a pledge to serve only one term would ease concerns among voters about voting for a man who would be the oldest president ever.

Others say making a such a vow would only remind voter about Biden’s age. That could make him appear weak and hand President Trump a potent campaign talking point.

The #OneTermJoe debate also dramatically raises the stakes for Biden’s pick of a potential vice presidential pick, since that person would presumably be the front runner to follow a President Biden as Democratic standard bearer.

For example, Biden will surely be under major pressure to name a woman or minority candidate to rally the Democratic base. But the pledge would place an extreme spotlight on the running mate as a likely future presidential candidate, potentially complicating the choice.


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