If he becomes the Democratic nominee and manages to beat President Trump, Joe Biden would be the oldest elected US President. In four years, that would put him at age 82, which has been a concern, with many asking the former VP to sign a pledge that says he will not run for a second term.
Biden has avoided doing that, but in a report from Politico, it sounds like he may be leaning in that direction.
“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.”
The adviser argued that public acknowledgment of that reality could help Biden mollify younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.
“This makes Biden a good transition figure,” the adviser said. “I’d love to have an election this year for the next generation of leaders, but if I have to wait four years [in order to] to get rid of Trump, I’m willing to do it.”
Another top Biden adviser put it this way: “He’s going into this thinking, ‘I want to find a running mate I can turn things over to after four years but if that’s not possible or doesn’t happen then I’ll run for reelection.’ But he’s not going to publicly make a one term pledge.”
Many polls in Iowa have South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the lead, however in South Carolina, Biden overwhelmingly leads the rest of the field.