In case you missed it, infamous porn lawyer Michael Avenatti released a statement Tuesday afternoon announcing he will not run for for the White House against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
As Matt noted, he's the first Democrat to be defeated by President Trump.
With Avenatti out, Democrats aren't lacking other options. There could be as many as 40 candidates and former Vice President Joe Biden's latest comments indicate he is likely to be one of them.
From The Hill:
“I'll be as straight with you as I can. I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said at a stop for his book tour in Missoula, Mont. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life.”
“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I've been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right, but I know a great deal about it,” he added.
Speculation about a Biden 2020 run has been rampant for years, but especially as the Democrat Party grapples with how to win back working class voters. According to the former VP, we'll know soon about his final decision.
“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around. I want to be there to take care of them, so we've got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family,” he said. “We're going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that's the basis of the decision.”