|“||To know Beau Biden is to know which choice he made in his life. To know Joe and the rest of the Biden family is to understand why Beau lived the life he did. For Beau, a cruel twist of fate came early...||”|
On May 20th, 2015, Beau Biden experienced a recurrence of his brain cancer. A disease he spent several years fighting, it eventually took his life on May 30th, 2015. Beau was 46 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children, his father and stepmother, and two younger siblings.
Beau Biden's father, Vice President Joe Biden, was considering running for the Democratic Nomination in 2016. Had Biden entered the race, he would be facing several strong challengers, including Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Martian O'Malley, and more. Faced with a difficult primary, and the death of his son, Biden announced in October of 2015 that he would not peruse a third run at the presidency.
But what if Beau's cancer had stayed in remission? What happens if Beau Lives and Biden launches a run at the presidency. His entrance would be late in the game, and he would be trailing Hilary in the polls, plus more candidates could always launch their own bids, further complicating the primaries. Sanders, while lagging behind both Biden and Hilary, was gaining popularity. Could Biden win the nomination and unite the democratic party? Even if he cleared the primaries, could Biden defeat Donald Trump and win the White House? Its a question that many asked themselves after Election Night in 2016.
The following timeline will explore the implications of a Beau Biden's survival, and explore the implications of the consequential White House run that Joe Biden would launch.