Joe Biden Is Reportedly Hillary Clinton's Top Pick For Secretary Of State, But The Move Might Take Some Convincing
It's quite possible that America’s honorary uncle might be sticking around post-Jan. 20 after all. Or, at least, he might have the option to do so. If America elects its first ever female president, the top pick for Hillary Clinton's secretary of state is reportedly Joe Biden, a source close to the campaign told Politico.
Biden may have found out from the internet, considering that Clinton and her aides have not told him yet, Politico reported. Clinton and Biden have several things in common; they both served in the Obama administration after losing to him in the 2008 Democratic primaries. They also knew each other when Clinton was first lady, and they had a reportedly friendly personal relationship, which makes sense considering the many times they’ve been photographed hand-in-hand at her campaign events.
Still, their relationship has been strained at times. Emails from the WikiLeaks hack show members of Clinton’s campaign speculating about whether Biden would reveal a presidential run during an appearance with Stephen Colbert. “Lord, have mercy,” one of them wrote. Biden almost ran against Clinton for the Democratic nomination, but he announced his decision not to run in October 2015. “I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” he said during a Rose Garden appearance.
The two have also had disagreements over policy; Clinton is commonly seen as favoring bolder actions, while Biden has been skeptical of her decisions in the past. This included decisions about deploying and leaving troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as arming the Syrian rebels and whether to bomb Libya, Politico reported.
Clinton's reported choice for secretary of state would make sense. Biden is well-respected, well-known, and experienced; he served six terms in the Senate, and has served two terms as vice president. Before joining the Obama administration, Biden chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has dealt with international affairs concerning countries including Iraq, Ukraine, and more. In August, he traveled to Latvia to reaffirm the United States’ support for NATO in the face of Donald Trump’s publicly stating he doesn’t find the alliance valuable.
Some may say Biden predicted this situation. “If I don’t move, I’ll be demoted to secretary of state or something," Biden said during a speech at the White House, two weeks before he announced he had no intention to run for president. "That’s a joke! That's a joke. That's a joke,” he clarified.
But don't expect Biden to gain a spot in a Trump administration if the GOP nominee wins the presidency. In the wake of Trump's 2005 hot mic comments, Biden said he would "take [Trump] behind the gym," if he was still in high school. Trump's response? "You know what you do with Biden? You go like this," Trump said, then blew a puff of air from his mouth, Reuters reported. "And he'd fall over."
So, it's safe to say Biden would not fly with a potential Trump administration, but if Clinton wins on Nov. 8, there may very well be a spot for him in her administration.