Biden's Busy Schedule Spurs 2020 Speculation


Biden's Busy Schedule Spurs 2020 Speculation
  1. Biden's Busy Schedule Spurs 2020 Speculation
    wqcs.org
    This week, the typically upbeat, jovial Joe Biden sounded anything but during a speech in Washington. "President Obama and I have been very quiet and respectful, giving the [Trump] administration time," the former vice president said Thursday night. "But some of these roots are being sunk too deeply. I believe it's time to challenge some of the dangerous assumptions." Biden went on to excoriate the Trump administration's foreign policy. While accepting an award from Center for Strategic…
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This week, the typically upbeat, jovial Joe Biden sounded anything but during a speech in Washington.

"President Obama and I have been very quiet and respectful, giving the [Trump] administration time," the former vice president said Thursday night. "But some of these roots are being sunk too deeply. I believe it's time to challenge some of the dangerous assumptions."

Biden went on to excoriate the Trump administration's foreign policy. While accepting an award from Center for Strategic And International Studies, Biden said he was worried the country is "walking down a very dark path that isolates the United States on the world stage."

The sober and stark speech was just one of several public appearances Biden made over the past week, including a campaign appearance in Alabama with Doug Jones, the Democrat running in the state's special Senate election.

And in November Biden will release a new book, which means the veteran politician who somewhat regretfully passed on a 2016 bid will make many of the same media stops that Hillary Clinton did when she promoted her recent campaign memoir.

All these moves raise the question of what, exactly, Biden is trying to accomplish — a possible political comeback or simply being protective of the policies he and Obama helped implement.

Biden specialized in foreign policy during his lengthy Senate career and was a key player in many of the Obama administration initiatives that Trump is now trying to undo — the Paris Climate Accord, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and possibly next, the Iran nuclear deal.

"We're seeing a shift toward a theory of foreign policy that is closed-off and clannish," Biden said Thursday. "One that groups the world into 'us' and 'them.' "

It's clear Biden is deeply offended by — and worried about — Trump's international approach.

"Among the many problems plaguing this administration's foreign policy: ideological incoherence. Inconsistent and confusing messaging," the former vice president said. "Erratic decision making. Unwillingness or inability to solve problems caused by understaffing."

But that doesn't explain the political events like the Jones rally in Alabama and comments by his daughter that her father hasn't ruled out another White House run just yet.

Democratic political strategist Steve Schale was involved in the "Draft Biden" effort ahead of the 2016 presidential race, but doesn't think Biden's rising profile should necessarily be viewed through a 2020 lens.

"He has been very active trying to help win support for state parties and down ballot candidates his entire career," Schale said. "He said when he left office he was not going to stop. He engaged in a Delaware state senate race, he was just involved in Florida state senate race. I think whether or not Joe Biden decides he wants to enter the 2020 conversation or not, the fact that he is out doing what he's done his entire career shouldn't come as any surprise to anybody."

Nonetheless, Schale was quick to embrace the sales pitch that might accompany a third Biden run.

"I think it's quite possible that for the perfect response to Trump is somebody like Joe Biden, who is older, experience, very competent, very trustworthy," the Democratic strategist said. "I think it could be a really nice contrast."

But "older" and "experienced" aren't necessarily positives to some Democrats right now. Many ultimately viewed Hillary Clinton's decades-long career in the national spotlight as a major liability. Biden had already been in the Senate for 20 years when Clinton became first lady.

Still, it's clear Biden loves the public eye, and at the Alabama rally he had the crowd laughing and clapping along as Biden impersonated senators he served with, regaling them with his well-worn Scranton, Pa., stories.

"Every time someone would lose a job my dad would repeat — if we heard it once, we heard it 50 times — Joey, remember, a job's …

  1. Swedish Journalist Kim Wall's Severed Head Found In Copenhagen Bay

    Wuwf.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 17:58 wuwf.org
    Danish divers looking for the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose torso washed ashore in Copenhagen this summer, made a gruesome discovery Friday nearby in Køge Bay. "We found a leg and then another leg, and shortly thereafter, we found a head, which was also in a bag weighed down by several pieces of metal," Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen said at a press briefing Saturday, according to a translation by The Guardian . Møller Jensen said they also found a weighted ba…
  2. Swedish Journalist Kim Wall's Severed Head Found In Copenhagen Bay

    Wqcs.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 17:51 wqcs.org
    Danish divers looking for the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose torso washed ashore in Copenhagen this summer, made a gruesome discovery Friday nearby in Køge Bay. "We found a leg and then another leg, and shortly thereafter, we found a head, which was also in a bag weighed down by several pieces of metal," Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen said at a press briefing Saturday, according to a translation by The Guardian . Møller Jensen said they also found a weighted ba…
  3. Hurricane Nate Strengthens As Its Eye Focuses On U.S. Gulf Coast

    Wlrn.org - Miami
    10.07 / 17:42 wlrn.org
    As Hurricane Nate churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico toward American shores, it is growing in strength and speed after leaving a trail of devastation in Central America. In its 7 a.m., CDT advisory , the National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm was located about 245 miles south southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and headed north northwest with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. "We are expecting Nate to continue to strengthen today (Saturday)," said…
  4. Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

    Wlrn.org - Miami
    10.07 / 17:42 wlrn.org
    Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention: "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was…
  5. Swedish Journalist Kim Wall's Severed Head Found In Copenhagen Bay

    Wlrn.org - Miami
    10.07 / 17:42 wlrn.org
    Danish divers looking for the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose torso washed ashore in Copenhagen this summer, made a gruesome discovery Friday nearby in Køge Bay. "We found a leg and then another leg, and shortly thereafter, we found a head, which was also in a bag weighed down by several pieces of metal," Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen said at a press briefing Saturday, according to a translation by The Guardian . Møller Jensen said they also found a weighted ba…
  6. Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

    News.wfsu.org - TALLAHASSEE
    10.07 / 16:45 news.wfsu.org
    Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention: "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was…
  7. Swedish Journalist Kim Wall's Severed Head Found In Copenhagen Bay

    News.wfsu.org - TALLAHASSEE
    10.07 / 16:45 news.wfsu.org
    Danish divers looking for the remains of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose torso washed ashore in Copenhagen this summer, made a gruesome discovery Friday nearby in Køge Bay. "We found a leg and then another leg and shortly thereafter we found a head, which was also in a bag weighed down by several pieces of metal," Chief Police Investigator Jens Møller Jensen said at a press briefing Saturday, according to a translation by The Guardian . Møller Jensen said they also found a weighted bag c…
  8. Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

    News.wgcu.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 15:50 news.wgcu.org
    Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention: "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was…
  9. FEMA to offer Hurricane Irma disaster assistance today in New Port Richey

    Classichitsandoldies.com - Sarasota
    10.07 / 15:49 classichitsandoldies.com
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will be on site to provide assistance registering for FEMA…
  10. Child, 50+ dogs removed from Ocala home that smelled of feces

    Classichitsandoldies.com - Sarasota
    10.07 / 15:49 classichitsandoldies.com
    Authorities removed a toddler from an Ocala home that contained more than 50 dogs and smelled of feces and…
  11. No bond for ‘dangerous psychopath’ accused of sexually assaulting Haines City woman, 81

    Classichitsandoldies.com - Sarasota
    10.07 / 15:49 classichitsandoldies.com
    A man who is described as a dangerous psychopath and is accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman will remain in jail after a Polk…
  12. Romano: Can City Hall really change the world?

    Colleges.tampabay.com - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 15:10 colleges.tampabay.com
    Good day to you, Justice Ginsburg. You too, Chief Justice Roberts. And particularly you, Justice Kennedy. I realize getting an audience with the U.S. Supreme Court is rare, but I thought you should know the St. Petersburg City Council has put in a request for some indefinite date in the…
  13. Forecast: Hurricane Nate steers clear of Tampa Bay, scattered showers expected this weekend

    Colleges.tampabay.com - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 15:10 colleges.tampabay.com
    While the New Orleans area preps for Nate, Tampa Bay is expected to feel minimal impacts from the Category 1…
  14. 80 Years On, Dominicans And Haitians Revisit Painful Memories Of 'Parsley Massacre'

    News.wfsu.org - TALLAHASSEE
    10.07 / 15:02 news.wfsu.org
    Even before Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo carved it in blood, the 224-mile border dividing the island of Hispaniola between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was complicated. Tensions between the two countries stemmed back to a 19th century war. But in many ways, the border, which existed mostly on paper, was a notably seamless site: Children crossed back and forth freely to go to school on one side and home on the other. Sprawling cattle ranches spanned the divide, and Dominicans and…
  15. Tapping Rural America: Craft Breweries Pour New Life Into Small Towns

    News.wfsu.org - TALLAHASSEE
    10.07 / 15:02 news.wfsu.org
    Chris Hernstrom was brewing in the craft beer mecca of Bend, Ore., when an ad caught his eye: Want to live somewhere gorgeous and make beer for a small community? "It just seemed like an interesting challenge to come out to basically the exact opposite of Bend, some place where the brewing industry is still in its fledgling stages," Hernstrom says. That place, Hernstrom's new home, is the cattle ranching hub of Valentine, Neb., population 2,700, tucked into the Niobrara River valley in the…
  16. Hurricane Nate Strengthens As Its Eye Focuses On U.S. Gulf Coast

    News.wfsu.org - TALLAHASSEE
    10.07 / 15:02 news.wfsu.org
    As Hurricane Nate churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico toward American shores, it is growing in strength and speed after leaving a trail of devastation in Central America. In its 7 a.m., advisory , the National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm was located about 245 miles south southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and headed north northwest with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. "We are expecting Nate to continue to strengthen today (Saturday)," said Mike…
  17. Gulf Coast Braces For Fast-Approaching Hurricane Nate

    Wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 14:55 wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu
    Hurricane Nate raced swiftly over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, gaining added strength as forecasters said it would smash into the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming nighttime…
  18. Hurricane Nate Strengthens As Its Eye Focuses On U.S. Gulf Coast

    Wuwf.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 14:55 wuwf.org
    As Hurricane Nate churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico toward American shores, it is growing in strength and speed after leaving a trail of devastation in Central America. In its 7 a.m., advisory , the National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm was located about 245 miles south southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and headed north northwest with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. "We are expecting Nate to continue to strengthen today (Saturday)," said Mike…
  19. Hurricane Nate Strengthens As Its Eye Focuses On U.S. Gulf Coast

    Wqcs.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 14:45 wqcs.org
    As Hurricane Nate churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico toward American shores, it is growing in strength and speed after leaving a trail of devastation in Central America. In its 7 a.m., advisory , the National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm was located about 245 miles south southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and headed north northwest with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. "We are expecting Nate to continue to strengthen today (Saturday)," said Mike…
  20. 80 Years On, Dominicans And Haitians Revisit Painful Memories Of 'Parsley Massacre'

    Wuwf.org - Florida (FL)
    10.07 / 14:30 wuwf.org
    Even before Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo carved it in blood, the 224-mile border dividing the island of Hispaniola between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was complicated. Tensions between the two countries stemmed back to a 19th century war. But in many ways, the border, which existed mostly on paper, was a notably seamless site: Children crossed back and forth freely to go to school on one side and home on the other. Sprawling cattle ranches spanned the divide, and Dominicans and…