COLUMBIA, S.C. — Reeling from two stinging defeats in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries this month, former Vice President Joe Biden defiantly pledged on Thursday to remain in the 2020 presidential race until the eventual winner promises him another VP slot.
Campaigning in South Carolina knowing he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Death Valley of capturing his party’s nomination, Biden seemed at peace knowing he could be living in the vice presidential residence again next January.
“I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up on another shot at being VP just because I’ve lost a couple of primaries pretty badly,” Biden told a room filled to a capacity of 10 at a local resident Thursday morning. “Heck, ya can’t win ’em all. What kind of fun would that be?”
Biden acknowledged that as Barack Obama’s vice, he had it pretty good.
“I got to fly to a lot of different countries, didn’t have any responsibility, wasn’t required to remember anything important” Biden said. “Kind of like my life right now.”
Asked if he believed he could make a difference serving as the eventual Democratic nominee’s VP, Biden said, “Hey, I’ll be every bit as effective for the next president as I was for Barack!”