Crank up the 2020 speculation: Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker for the Florida Democratic Party’s biggest annual fundraising dinner in June, the party announced this morning.
“Guys, I’m not running,” Biden declared over the weekend — a present-tense formulation that was made in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Biden, who’ll be nearly 78 on election day of 2020, flirted with a 2016 run for president but opted against it in 2015. In hindsight, Biden might have done a better job of connecting with working-class Rust Belt voters than Hillary Clinton, who lost the previously blue states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin to Donald Trump.
Trump has already opened a 2020 campaign and is airing new TV ads today.
Biden will speak at the Florida Democratic Party’s “Leadership Blue” gala — formerly the Jefferson-Jackson dinner — at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood on June 17.
“We are thrilled to announce the former Vice President as our keynote speaker. Joe Biden has spent his life in public service and has fought tirelessly for the Democratic belief that all Americans deserve an equal shot in our economy, not just those at the top. We are excited to welcome him back to Florida for our Leadership Blue Gala,” said Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel.