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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel conceded to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday that former Vice President Joe Biden could be a “serious” candidate for president in 2020, breaking an ongoing silence on Biden’s political intentions.
“I know he’s thinking about it, but we’ll see,” McDaniel said. “I do think he is a serious candidate.”
McDaniel’s comments came in response to a question from Mitchell about Trump’s condemnation of Biden during his Tuesday address to troops in South Korea.
“So as someone who’s been gone for 24 years, doesn’t bring – doesn’t bring that much to the table,” Trump said of the former vice president, a Democrat. “If he thinks he can run and beat the current president, I’d say forget it, Joe.”
Biden has repeatedly said he will not make a decision on a 2020 bid until after the November midterms.
But Trump has repeatedly criticized Biden, including comparing his all-but-announced 2020 run to those of Warren and Bloomberg in recent months.
During a campaign rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange last month, Trump declared, “There’s three people. They want to run, Joe, Bernie and Howard.”