"I love this place," he told them. "Are you going to run again?" they asked.
"Yeah, I am. I am going to run again. In 2020."
On Tuesday, every headline reads: "Joe Biden hints at 2020 run." Again, this is based on a quote from Joe Biden in which he says, explicitly, and there is no paraphrasing at all here:
"I am going to run again. In 2020... For president. What the hell, man? Anyway."
If you were playing 20 questions, and the answer was, "Joe Biden's running for president," and the hint was "Joe Biden's running for president," you would have ruined the game.
But American politics is so bizarre that we don't actually believe anything our politicians tell us, even when they tell us. It's still just a "hint."
Ok fine, the reporters did make him qualify his statement a little, and they couldn't stop chuckling. But here's the audio of the interaction (at the 1:44 mark).
"Just to be clear were you kidding about running for president in 2020?" asks a reporter.
"I'm not committing NOT to run," says Biden, for real. "I'm not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening."