Former Vice President Joe Biden dashed the hopes of some in the Democratic Party who want him to run for president in 2020.
“Guys, I’m not running,” Biden said on Sunday in New Hampshire at the state party’s annual dinner.
The crowd booed and at least one person shouted, “Run, Joe Run,” before Biden continued with his speech. He said that he was ready to start raising money and campaigning to help get Democrats elected at every level of government. He also touted some of his post-White House policy work including heading up the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware.
“I know it seems like we’re hopelessly divided. I know it feels like we’re hopelessly stuck in a political death match and we can’t figure out how to get out of it. But we are better than that. I’ve always believed that we’re strongest when we act as one America.”
Biden’s trip to the Granite State, which traditionally holds the nation’s first primaries and is a regular destination among presidential hopefuls, sparked speculation that he was keeping his options open for 2020. While he ruled out running, Biden said he would work to get more Democrats elected.
Biden left office in January with a 61 percent approval rating. He will turn 78 shortly after the 2020 election. Read more at Huffington Post.