Hillary Not Running in 2020? Biden Close to Announcing His Candidacy for President?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Days earlier on New York City’s News 12, Hillary Clinton said “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” adding:
“I want to be sure that people understand I’m going to keep speaking out. I’m not going anywhere. What’s at stake in our country, the kind of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to me.”
“And I’m also thinking hard about how do we start talking and listening to each other again? We’ve just gotten so polarized. We’ve gotten into really opposing camps unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my adult life.”
Asked if she’d ever run for elected office again, she said “I don’t think so.” In November 2020, she’ll be age-73 with health issues kept under wraps. Perhaps her physical state and not wanting to risk becoming a three-time loser convinced her not to run.
She and husband Bill are guilty of well documented high crimes of war, against humanity, and much more. They’re tools of Wall Street, the military, industrial, security, media complex, Big Oil, and all the rest.
She’s the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history, Trump proving no different as things turned out – co-opted straightaway in office by dark forces in Washington, surrounding himself with a cadre of war-mongering extremists and fellow billionaires.
A crowded field of Dem aspirants already announced their candidacy for president in 2020, including:
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Cory Booker
Former HUD secretary Julian Castro
Former Rep. John Delaney
Senator Kamala Harris
Former Governor John Hickenlooper
Governor Jay Inslee
Senator Amy Klobuchar
So-called spiritual counselor Marianne Williamson
Businessman Andrew Yang
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Others considering a run include Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Sherrod Brown, Governor Steve Bullock, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Senator/Secretary of state/2004 presidential aspirant John Kerry, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, Rep. Seth Moulton, former Rep. Beto “O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, businessman Howard Schultz, and former Vice President Joe Biden. More on him below.
After hinting he might run for months, former Mayor/billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg ruled himself out of the race. So did former Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Jeff Merkley, and former Rep. Richard Ojeda.
Biden earlier decided not to contest Hillary for the Dem nomination in 2016 – despite actively exploring a possible campaign, failing twice before to become Dem standard bearer for the nation’s highest office.
Citing unnamed friends, the NYT said becoming president “is his ultimate dream.”
In 1988, his campaign ended after reports of exaggerating his poor academic record and plagiarizing a law review article while at Syracuse University College of Law, as well as using content of others’ speeches for his own without attribution.
In 2008, he dropped his presidential bid after getting less than 1% support in Iowa caucuses. Obama chose him as his running mate – again in 2012.
He’s part of the deeply corrupted money-controlled system ruling the US from inception. An anti-populist, forever war-supporting neoliberal, dirty business as usual would continue on his watch if elected president.
He backed Bush/Cheney wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen. As vice president, he supported the Obama regime’s wars in Libya and Syria, along with aiding the US-installed putschist regime in Kiev wage war on Donbass in the country’s southeast.
His Senate voting record revealed the true message of the man, a deplorable figure, supporting the USA Patriot Act and other post-9/11 police state laws.
He backed legislation making it harder for ordinary people to declare bankruptcy – to keep credit card companies and other corporate interests from getting stuck with unrepayable debt.
He’s a vocal war on drugs supporter – a de facto war on poor Blacks and Latinos, imprisoning them en masse, largely for possession and use, a key factor behind the US having the world’s largest domestic prison system, a separate one operating globally.
His get tough on crime advocacy ignores it by the White House, Congress, and in corporate suites. His tenure as US senator and vice president was notably unimpressive, including his notorious gaffs.
A critic earlier said his “mouth (often) out-runs his brain.” Others accused him of foot-in-mouth disease, his rhetoric outrunning his sensibility.
His phony folksiness conceals indifference to human needs, rights, and fundamental freedoms.
A Biden presidency would assure continuity, what the establishment wants most – nothing interfering with its longstanding dirty business as usual agenda.
Will he or won’t he announce his candidacy for president in 2020? According to the NYT, his plan to accounce “is almost complete…(t)he pieces…falling into place” – including a chosen “nucleus of advisors,” adding:
“They are eyeing…a launch date in the beginning of April. Mr. Biden’s family is on board — his wife, Jill, enthusiastically so.”
Politico is on the Biden will run bandwagon, saying “his team has brought on Cristobal Alex, the head of the influential Latino Victory Fund” for an unstated role in his “presidential campaign.”
The neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post reported that “Biden is leaning in on a run for the White House” – so far “in no rush to declare his intentions.”
The Wall Street Journal said Biden is “lean(ing) toward another run,” adding he appears “(o)n the brink of launching a presidential campaign.”
In a crowded field of aspirants, he’s the establishment favorite, the candidate most likely to be Dem standard bearer in 2020 to make Trump a one-term president.
No matter how the next race for the White House turns out, one thing is certain. Dirty business as usual will win like nearly every time before.
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