US Vice President Joe Biden hinted on Monday that he intends to run for president in 2020 and within hours, “Joe Biden in 2020” began trending on Twitter.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, Biden said he hasn’t ruled out mounting a presidential campaign in the next four years, though he refrained from committing to anything as of now.
“I’m going to run in 2020. For president. So, uh, what the hell, man,” the departing vice president said with a smile playing on his face.
When reporters enquired if he was joking, Biden clarified, “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”
Biden’s statement has been well-received by the Twitterati. While most expressed their approval in tweets of encouragement, others displayed their excitement by posting memes.
Following Donald Trump’s victory in the November 8 election, Biden has been unofficially crowned the US’s meme-in-chief, owing to a series of hilariously captioned images of him planning petty pranks against the President-elect.
If Biden does contest the 2020 elections, he would be running against Trump, assuming the Republican runs for a second term in office.
Twice elected as outgoing President Barack Obama‘s running mate, Biden campaigned for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He previously pursued the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008, but dropped out of the race early on both occasions.