Chris Matthews knows at least one person who will be running for president in 2020, and he says he’s got the inside information to prove it.
During an interview on Philadelphia’s NBC10 to promote his new book, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,” the MSNBC “Hardball” host said he believed that former Vice President Joe Biden would toss his hat into the ring in 2020.
“He is running. I know he’s running,” said Matthews. “I’ve talked to his people. … I’ve talked to his family.”
Although Biden is a popular figure within the Democratic Party, he has been prone to verbal gaffes during his public life and, at 74, he’s certainly no spring chicken. Matthews believes none of that will be an issue.
“If he can get past the gaffes and shows a vigor and can create some excitement, he may well be able to beat the age issue,” he said.
Before becoming Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008, Biden was a U.S. Senator from Delaware who himself attempted unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008. But Matthews believes his “regular guy” appeal could reach the blue-collar people Hillary Clinton failed to win in 2016.
“The Democrats have got to get back to being the party of regular people: firefighters, waitresses, cops, regular people,” said the MSNBC host.
When asked about who Biden’s running mate, Matthews suggested California Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden himself had no comment about Matthews’ interview, according to NBC10, instead referring people to a recent “Vanity Fair” interview in which the former vice-president said, “I haven’t decided to run, but I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run. We’ll see what happens.”
Watch the interview below:
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