Does Joe now know? Biden word coming soon

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines …


So, is this the week?

When will Joe know?

Is he in? Or still pondering?

All signs appear to point to a Joe Biden run for president in 2020.

And, we might just know the answer Saturday night when former Vice President Biden speaks at his state’s Democratic Party dinner at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The event is sold out.

The New York Times, a few days ago, had a story that said, “Mr. Biden’s decision looms as perhaps the most significant unanswered question of the 2020 contest and his entry could bring shape to what has been a diffuse Democratic primary, providing voters with a clear front-runner.

“As a candidate, Mr. Biden would present Democrats with a clear alternative to the hard-charging liberals who now dominate the race and test the appeal of his old-school political profile at a moment the party is hungry for fresh faces but even hungrier to win.”

Delawareans, of course, are very familiar with Vice President Biden’s reluctance to enter the race in 2016, following the death of his son, Beau.

Family came before political aspirations.

Just a few weeks ago at a University of Delaware event, he told an audience that his family is behind a presidential bid.

“There’s a consensus,” he said. “The most important people in my life want me to run.”

He did not explicitly say he was running.”

Vice President Biden, now 76 years old, would be the oldest person ever elected president if he were to win.

He would join Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris, among others, in seeking the Democratic Party nomination.


Women from Dover Air Force Base appeared on national television on Wednesday.

The airmen were on “Good Morning America” and featured in a segment on the release of the new film, “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson.

Ms. Larson plays the role of a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot in the film. She becomes Captain Marvel when the Earth becomes the battleground for a conflict between alien worlds.

Some of the Dover airmen introduced the segment.

“I am so excited to see ‘Captain Marvel’ because I love to see women portrayed in power roles – as strong courageous women who can do anything that any boy can do,” said Airman First Class Rachel Zirkle of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base.

Airman First Class Faith Whipple hailed it “because being a hero is an equal opportunity.” And Master Sgt Marie Gamache said she was excited to see “women do extraordinary things.”


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Andrew West is executive editor of the Delaware State News.

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