Reports: Biden, O’Rourke Prepping to Enter 2020 Dem Presidential Primary
Various news reports, over the past couple of days, have indicated that former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke are preparing to enter the overcrowded, 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary fray.
(Personally, I think Biden's candidacy is still iffy; but, these latest stories are indicating he's making moves to enter the race.)
Multiple media outlets have published articles noting that Biden is already reaching out to leading Democrats in New Hampshire and South Carolina for local campaign management personnel, and related guidance, for his anticipated efforts in those respective states. Additionally, throughout the past 48 hours, it’s been widely publicized that Biden’s family is now unanimously behind what would be his third bid for the White House in the past 31 years.
Meanwhile, down in the Lone Star State on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reported that Beto’s going to formally announce the commencement of his national campaign sometime in March. A Quinnipiac poll released this morning––despite a somewhat deceptive headline––shows Sanders and O’Rourke running virtually neck-and-neck, with Biden running 6-7 points behind the duo among the Independent voter cohort in the state.
So, that’s Bernie, starting out of the gate, in a too-close-to-call horse race, with two other white guys, in––of all places––Texas, running against, arguably, the most centrist and most-closeted, centrist Democrats (people tend to forget that O’Rourke was a declared member of the centrist, “New Democrat” coalition during his stint in the U.S. House) in the race.
I’ll take the odds on Sanders prevailing, overall, hands-down!