Biden tells crowd to save their energy: 'I may need it in a few weeks'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE hinted at a 2020 presidential bid on Tuesday, telling a crowd in Washington to save their energy because he “may need it in a few weeks.”

Biden’s comments came at a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union representing firefighters and emergency services workers, where he delivered the keynote address.

“I appreciate the energy you all showed when I got up here,” Biden said. “Save it a little longer, I may need it in a few weeks.”


The remarks, greeted by cheers from the audience, suggest that Biden may be nearing a presidential announcement after years of speculation about whether he will seek to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020.

Biden’s looming entrance into the 2020 contest has cast a shadow over other Democratic White House contenders, who see a run by the former vice president as one of the more significant obstacles to securing the party’s nomination.

Biden would enter the race with near-universal name recognition, as well as a vast network of political operatives and donors ready to play a supporting role in a campaign.

Early primary polls show Biden with a consistent lead over other, already-declared Democratic candidates, like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.).

A recent Des Moines Register–CNN–Mediacom poll released over the weekend showed Biden leading the pack among likely Iowa caucusgoers with 27 percent support. Sanders, who announced his candidacy last month, came in second, at 25 percent, in that survey.

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