Joe Biden is sounding increasingly like someone who’s decided to make yet another run for the presidency of the United States.
Oh . . . my. This situation fills me with great emotional conflict.
I admire the former vice president greatly. He has served in public life with distinction. He has occupied a large spot on the national stage, starting with his election to the U.S. Senate in 1972.
Have there been missteps, hiccups, embarrassing moments along the way? Yes. He was caught plagiarizing remarks from a British politician; he has been prone to assorted verbal gaffes throughout his public life.
He ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008. The plagiarism rap torpedoed his earlier run. He lost to Sen. Barack Obama two decades later and then ran with the future president to two historic election victories.
Biden also has endured tragedy. His wife and daughter were killed in that horrific traffic accident prior to his taking office in the Senate. His elder son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. The VP wore his emotions on his sleeve. He endured and has carved out a largely successful public service career.
He’s now 77 years of age. I want a fresher face to run for president and to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.
That all said, if it comes down to a Trump-Biden contest next year, there’s no doubt who would get my support.
I just want someone else to go for the gusto.