Joe Biden gives clearest signal yet that he‘s close to announcing a 2020 run

Former Vice President Joe Biden gave one of his clearest signals yet that he may be on the verge of announcing a run for president in 2020.

At a rally in front of the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington, Biden received a standing ovation and attendees held signs saying “Run Joe Run.”

As he was greeted by the crowd, Biden said: “I appreciate the energy you showed when I came up here. Save it a little longer — I may need it in a few weeks.”

“Be careful what you wish for,” he quipped a moment later.

Before becoming vice president under President Barack Obama, Biden was a senator from Delaware for just over 30 years. In his long tenure in public service, he‘s been backed by unions and labor groups.

Behind the scenes, the 76-year-old Biden has actively been gearing up for a potential run in 2020.

He‘s also been meeting with social media and digital executives in an effort to

In private meetings with his advisors, Biden has been