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Biden in 2020? With a smile, he says he’s not ruling it out

Posted at 7:44 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 19:49:13-05
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  Event honoree, Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaks on stage during the  75th Annual Father Of The Year Awards Luncheon at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 14: Event honoree, Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaks on stage during the 75th Annual Father Of The Year Awards Luncheon at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — You heard it here first, more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House: Joe Biden says he’s running for president in 2020 — maybe.

The departing 74-year-old vice president said it with a slight smile on his face. Given a chance to walk it back, he did — but only a bit.

Biden was chatting with reporters Monday after presiding over the Senate as it cleared away procedural hurdles to a biomedical research bill he’s supporting.

Asked by a reporter whether he would run again, Biden said he would in 2020 — for president.

Asked if he was joking, he said he wasn’t committing to not running.

Biden says, “I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”