WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday night that he will decide whether or not to run for president in 2020 “in the next six weeks to two months.”
In remarks before an audience at the University of Montana, Biden said that he will make the decision after conferring closely with his family.
“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around,” Biden said, according to a CNN report. “I want to be there to take care of them, so we’ve got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family.”
Hinting at a potential run, Biden said that he believes he is “the most qualified person in the country to be president,” citing his decades in public service in both the Senate and Obama administration.
Biden has played coy on whether or not he will throw his hat in the ring, but has consistently declined to take the possibility off the table.
Fueling the chatter, Biden has been a frequent, and oftentimes colorful, critic of President Donald Trump.
“If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” Biden said during a speech on combating sexual assault at the University of Miami in March.
Trump responded on Twitter by stating that Biden would, in fact, “go down fast and hard, crying all the way” in an altercation.
“Don’t threaten people Joe!” Trump added.
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Biden consistently polls as the Democratic party’s frontrunner.
According to a Harvard-Harris poll conducted between November 25-26 for the Hill, Biden tops the Democratic field at 28 percent, leading Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) by seven points.