Former Vice President Joe Biden is widely considered to be a frontrunner for the Democrats in the 2020 presidential election, but will he run?
The former veep hinted a prospective announcement “in a few weeks,” Politico reports, without disclosing which way he was leaning.
“Be careful what you wish for,” Biden said to a convention of firefighters in Washington D.C. as he was greeted with chants of “Run, Joe, Run!”
Biden addressed the International Association of Fire Fighters, whose members held up “Run Joe Run” and “Fire Fighters for Biden” signs as their longtime ally stepped on stage at their legislative conference in Washington, D.C.
“You know, I’d like you all to know I appreciate the energy you showed when I got up here,” Biden said. “Save it a little longer. I might need it in a few weeks.”
Biden is expected to announce whether he’ll join the crowded Democratic field of presidential candidates within the next few weeks.
As the Hill reports, Biden and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders are leading in polls in a crowded Democratic field:
Biden has not yet announced a bid for the White House but is reportedly likely to enter the race.
Behind Biden and Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) received 12 percent of the vote and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) received 11 percent. No other candidates received more than 5 percent, the poll found.
If Biden does not jump into the race, respondents shift a large number of votes to Sanders, according to the poll. The poll shows that 42 percent of registered voters would back Sanders if Biden does not become an option, followed by Harris, at 23 percent, and Warren, at 18 percent.
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The Emerson poll also showed each of the leading Democratic candidates defeating Trump in Michigan in a potential 2020 matchup.
Biden would defeat Trump by the widest margin, according to the poll, with 54 percent of the vote to Trump’s 46 percent.
The poll’s results are based on interviews with 743 registered voters in Michigan from March 7 to 10. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.