You think Hillary Clinton wouldn’t get angrier about what happened in 2016 — but what about a President Joe Biden? Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel suggested the current vice president did just that during a Twitter post on Thursday night, just after hours after the close of the Iowa caucuses. “Remember the excitement and fear among Democrats after Joe Biden announced his candidacy for 2016?” McDaniel wrote. “There is much fear among the Democrats that Joe Biden might again jump into the race for president — a race he did not win last time around.”
But it’s no surprise that Biden would re-emerge as a potential candidate after a troubling 2016, or that Democrats would get a little nervous about Biden’s possibility.
Four years ago, Biden gave a long and rambling speech, which was even denounced as “a 29-minute advertisement” by a reporter. It was a crushing loss for Biden, who came up short in the Iowa caucuses despite being outspent by Bernie Sanders, who seems poised to repeat that feat in 2020. Biden then skipped New Hampshire, which would turn out to be disastrous for him in the race. And then Trump came along, who Biden joked he had “hoped would be a Democrat” but now considers a “dishonest, self-serving” president.
Biden was also forced to answer hard questions from a crowd of Iowa Dems after losing, about his past conversations with Bill Clinton about his treatment of women, which at the time seemed to suggest that the vice president had taken a stand against Clinton on this issue. And then Trump won the presidency in November, which sent Biden into a downward spiral.
Biden’s rise as a potential 2020 candidate now could be more complicated by the possibility that his relationship with women could scare women away from supporting him, especially since Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has already come out and endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Fellow Sen. Cory Booker has been rumored to be eyeing a bid, as well.)
Trump attacked Biden on Twitter for three straight days in 2018, his last tweet blaming Biden for Clinton’s loss. Biden also indicated that he might run in 2016, just after The New York Times wrote that some members of the Obama White House feared that the former vice president could represent an unpalatable third term for Obama.
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