Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that he has no plans to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2020, attempting to stop speculation raised by a weekend trip to New Hampshire.
Biden was in New Hampshire, to honor the state’s all-female, all Democratic congressional delegation at the Democratic Party’s annual dinner in Manchester, NH.
“When I got asked to speak, I knew it was going to cause speculation,” Biden told the crowd. “Guys, I’m not running.”
Biden told attendees that the party needs to abandon the idea that Democrats have to choose between being a progressive party and being a party that fights for the working class. He added that there is nothing that keeps the party from doing both.
“What’s the core reason why you’re a Democrat?” he asked. “Because you abhor the abuse of power. Whether it’s financial power, psychological power, physical power.”
Biden added that Democrats need to remind “the 172,000 voters we needed” in the 2016 election that the party has not forgotten them and will stand with them.
“A lot of them wonder whether we’ve forgotten them. They are being abused by the system. They are as decent as any one of us are,” he said. “So folks, let’s go win it back.”