For eight years, Joe Biden served as Barack Obama’s Vice President.
Biden has been among Obama’s staunchest supporters for years.
But this latest betrayal by Obama has left Biden fuming.
It’s no secret that Joe Biden plans to run for President.
The former Vice President has actively encouraged talk of a 2020 Presidential bid against Donald Trump and has already begun courting supporters, staff, and donors.
But Barack Obama may be throwing a wrench in those plans.
Biden, considered by many to be a top-tier candidate for the Democratic nomination, is reportedly furious at Obama for meeting with his potential 2020 primary rivals.
The Daily Caller reports, “Obama has been sitting down with prospective Democrats over the past few months as the party searches for a strong challenger to emerge to face President Donald Trump in 2020.”
Obama did meet with Biden to discuss his Presidential plans in June, but has since met with many other rumored candidates.
The Daily Caller reports, “In addition to his former vice president, Obama has had one-on-one meetings with a host of other possible contenders including Democrats Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and defeated Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.”
“He also notably met with Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke shortly after his defeat to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — only a week later, O’Rourke publicly revealed he was considering a presidential run despite consistently claiming he definitely will not be running for president,” the Daily Caller adds.
Biden has shown strong interest in running for President, telling reporters during his book tour earlier this month that, “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 clearly wants to run. He’s gearing up to announce and could very well be a formal candidate within a matter of months.
But Obama’s eagerness to meet with other candidates has left the former Vice President feeling betrayed by his long-time political friend and ally.
While Biden’s staff officially denies any ill-feelings, several outlets including Vanity Fair and The Daily Caller report that sources close to Biden say he’s taken Obama’s betrayal hard.
The only announced Democrat candidate for President so far is little-known Maryland Congressman John Delaney, but the party is expected to field as many candidates as the GOP did in 2016 and possibly more.
With such a large number of candidates, every endorsement, staff pickup, and locked-down donor could make the difference between victory and defeat.
While Biden has name recognition and campaign experience, he will have to share the race with literally dozens of other top-ranking Democrat challengers, including a host of Senators and Governors from across the nation.
Obama’s eagerness to meet with other potential candidates could mean he’s not ready to throw his support behind Biden just yet, or that he may have other ideas about whom the Democrats should nominate in 2020.
The first primaries in the 2020 cycle are expected to take place in just over a year.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.