Last month former Vice President Joe Biden put out a video signaling his intention to run in 2020. On Thursday his wife and daughter also appeared on MSNBC to discuss his candidacy.
But late on Thursday, former White House communications director Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Biden’s planned 2020 run is in doubt.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Sanders said she hasn’t spoken with Biden but wished him well.
“I also think that he is a presidential candidate in 2024, not 2020,” Sanders said.
Biden said Tuesday that he was taking his time in determining whether he would run.
“I think I am at a point in my life where the time has come. If it is me, then I will declare it and I will continue to be candid about it,” Biden said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Biden’s support in the Democratic primary has cratered in recent months. A CBS poll released last month showed that only 17 percent of Democrats would back him in 2020 compared to 73 percent for Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
It wasn’t just polls. Last month, four staffers and a top adviser to Biden’s 2016 campaign announced that they would not be joining his 2020 bid. Those departures included top political adviser Steve Ricchetti and Sarah Hunter, the wife of Biden’s eldest son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Hunter has now announced that she will run for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, losing to incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wicker.
Biden is not the only potential Democratic candidate who has seen his support plummet.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said this week that he expects to be announcing a decision on his candidacy in the coming weeks, and former Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters Wednesday that he was confident he would run.
“I think I’ll announce within the next 30 days,” Cruz said.