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Response to gldstwmn (Reply #24)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 10:04 PM

29. Yeah, you may be right. I can't figure it out. I thought it was 3

 

until I found out he floated the idea up to the 2004 national convention but came in at less than 1 percent and 1 delegate. I may be wrong but it was very low numbers. This I'm sure of: he backed out saying he wasn't really running anyway. Believe it or not, ABC News has it at 5 and the article is from 2015.

What Happened 5 Other Times Joe Biden Was Deciding Whether to Run for President

1980
The 1980 presidential contest was the first time Biden toyed with the idea of getting in the race.

In his memoir “Promises to Keep,” Biden writes that he faced doubts about the prospect even as he had just begun to consider the idea. “I have no business making a run for president,” Biden recalled thinking. “I was thirty seven-years old...Am I flying too close to the sun?”

Biden found encouragement on the topic from many of his close advisers, who came up with a plan for capturing nomination. But Biden recalled that his aide John Martilla ultimately “broke the spell” by challenging him to contemplate two questions.

“The questions you have to ask are why you’re running for president and what will you do when you are president,” Martilla said to Biden. “You shouldn’t run until you know the answer to those questions.”

The questions effectively put an end to Biden’s deliberations for another four years, when he would again considered the idea in the lead-up to the 1984 cycle.

1984
The same people who encouraged Biden to run in 1980, Biden wrote in his memoir, would again make their case for a presidential campaign in 1984.

With Biden’s friend and political strategist Pat Caddell leading the charge, Biden kept his options on the table until the last possible moment before pulling the plug on the idea. He even signed the necessary filing papers to compete in New Hampshire, which he ultimately decided not to submit.

In the end, Biden wrote that he continued to struggle to answer “the big questions: Why run? To do what?”

But in four years time, Biden would put his presidential dreams to the test in earnest.

1988
But for all its early promise, Biden’s campaign came to an end just three months after it got off the ground, following a series of damaging news reports revolving around allegations of plagiarism.

The story went into a tailspin as additional revelations surfaced suggesting a pattern of plagiarism in Biden’s past, including an incident in law school when he was accused of plagiarizing several pages of a paper that lacked proper citation. Biden defended the law school incident, saying it wasn't a “malevolent” error and that he misunderstood how to cite sources in his early law school career.

Having lost control of the narrative of his candidacy, Biden withdrew from the race in September of 1987 and focused his efforts on his role as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was in the process of considering the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice at the time.

2004
In 2004, though John Kerry was widely considered to be the Democratic front-runner as the cycle heated up, Biden again considered entering the race. But by August of 2003, he decided against the prospect, saying that his late entry into the race would have been “too much of a long shot.”

"At this late date, everything would have to fall perfectly into place and I would have to put on hold what influence I have in the United States Senate in pursuit of what is now too much of a long shot," Biden said.

2008
But on the same day that Biden launched his campaign in January of 2007, he spent much of the day trying to clear up a gaffe, after he described then-rival Obama as the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” during an interview with the New York Observer.

After the early stumble, Biden's campaign never managed to gain major momentum. After finishing in fifth place in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses in January of 2008, Biden pulled out from the contest. He would go on to rejoin the race seven months later as Obama's running mate.


https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/happened-times-joe-biden-deciding-run-president/story?id=34605046
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