Joe Biden, it appears, is not throwing away his shot at the presidency — not definitely, at least.
After presiding over an emotional Senate session, where the majority voted to rename cancer provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act – a medical innovation bill is expected to pass in the upper chamber – in honor of his late son Beau Biden, the departing vice president told reporters that he might not be going anywhere just yet.
The former senator and current meme-in-chief was reflecting on how much he enjoyed working in the chamber over his long career, when he teased his presidential run.
“Yeah, I am,” said Biden when asked if he was planning to run for the office again. “I’m going to run in 2020.”
“For what?” a reporter inquired.
“For president,” he replied. “What the hell, man.”
Biden at the Capitol: "I'm going run in 2020. What the hell." Takes a long pause when asked if he was joking pic.twitter.com/9HIRvJDY7Z— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 5, 2016
We ask Biden if he was joking when he said he would run in 2020. LOOONG pause. Sighs. Says "I'm not committing not to run."— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 5, 2016
However, nothing is set in stone.
“I’m not committing not to run,” he clarified. “I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Biden had considered running in 2016 race, but after losing his eldest son to cancer a year prior, he said it was too much for him to bear on the campaign trail.
Even though it is all still up in the air, the internet was just too happy with the turn of events.
the small hope of #biden2020 has restored me— hayley (@tinsiest) December 6, 2016
#Biden2020 I am here for this.— ?? (@shiyoonnaaa) December 6, 2016
Please let this be real omg #Biden2020— JD Arland (@ArlandJD) December 6, 2016
Hoping for an Al Gore vs Joe Biden primary in 2020. The fresh blood Democrats need.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 6, 2016
Obama: "Whatcha up to, Joe?"— thomas moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) December 6, 2016
Biden: "Refreshing Trump's Twitter. I'm waiting for him to have a meltdown when he sees I'm running in 2020." pic.twitter.com/yU9iSI9Xi8
Biden is a six-term senator and two-term vice president who ran for president in 1988 and then again in 2008, failing in the primaries.
Also, if President-elect Donald Trump does choose to run for White House again in four years, the debates between him and Biden would be just epic.