Former US Vice President Joe Biden says he and former President Barack Obama are ready to resume campaigning for Democrats, as the party struggles to regain public support after suffering dramatic defeats to Republicans.
“I’m ready to help raise money, recruit candidates, campaign — so is Barack — wherever you want, just let me know,” Biden said at a Democratic fundraiser in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday night.
He dismissed rumors about a possible presidential bid in 2020, but promised to help Democrats get back on their feet after losing both Congressional and presidential elections to Republicans last year.
The 74-year-old’s busy schedule of addresses and appearances at various events had fueled speculation about his tendency to run. He has openly regretted staying out of the race for the White House.
Obama, on the other hand, returned to the public eye last week to give a much-anticipated speech in Chicago, after spending nearly 100 days relaxing at various locations around the world.
The 44th US president avoided addressing the presidency of his Republican successor Donald Trump, whose victory last November took Democrats by surprise.