Biden: I'm the most qualified to be president

Former Vice President fuels speculation he might run in 2020 after he claims he is the “most qualified” person to serve as president.

Ben Ariel,

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Former US Vice President Joe Biden claims he is the “most qualified” person to serve as president, The Hill reports.

“I'll be as straight with you as I can. I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said at a stop for his book tour in Montana on Monday night.

“The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life,” he added.

“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I've been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” continued Biden.

The comments fueled speculation that Biden might make a 2020 bid for the White House.

The former vice president had said in the past he will decide whether to pursue a presidential bid after the midterm elections which were held last month.

In October, when he was asked at an event in London whether he would be running for president in 2020, Biden sidestepped the question, saying instead that every potential Democratic contender for the 2020 presidential campaign would adopt a "more enlightened foreign policy" than the current president Donald Trump.

Biden said in April he is not ruling out a White House run in 2020, though he expressed hope that “some other folks step up. I think we have some really good people.”

In Monday’s comments, Biden said the decision will be made in consultation with his family.

“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around. I want to be there to take care of them, so we've got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family,” he said, according to The Hill. “We're going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that's the basis of the decision.”

Biden deflected several possible disadvantages to a campaign, including his gaffe-prone rhetoric, his age and his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Anita Hill hearing, which has sparked concerns that he is not in touch with the concerns of the "Me Too" movement.

“I'm ready to litigate all those things. The question is, what kind of nation are we becoming? What are we going to do? Who are we?” Biden asked and, taking a shot at Trump, adding, “Whether or not I run, whoever runs, I'm going to break my neck to make sure they win. We can't have four more years.”

Trump has previously described the prospect of running against Biden in 2020 as a "dream."

While Biden urged the American public to give Trump a chance after he was elected, the two have also locked horns.

Earlier this year, Biden suggested that he would “beat the hell out of Trump” over how he relates to women.

Trump fired back in a Tweet, asserting that Biden “would go down fast and hard.”

"Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault,” he wrote.

"He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!" Trump added.

During the election campaign, Biden had harsh criticism for Trump, saying he had “no clue”. In another instance, Biden said that Trump “would’ve loved Stalin”.




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