President Biden? History says no

PoliticsElectionsJoe BidenRichard NixonAl GoreMartin van BurenJules Witcover

I read with interest Jules Witcover's recent commentary, "Don't count Biden out in 2016" (Jan. 29), suggesting that Vice President Joe Biden might be a serious candidate for president in 2016.

If history is a guide, the chances of a sitting Vice President Biden being elected president in 2016 are remote. In the 25 presidential elections of the 20th century, George H.W. Bush was the only sitting vice president elected president. Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and Al Gore all lost. Similarly of the 25 presidential elections of the 19th century, Martin Van Buren was the only sitting vice president elected president.

Leon Reinstein, Baltimore

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