These are indeed very strange times we are living in.
Mitt Romney is hosting his annual meeting of donors and businessmen in Utah this weekend. And on Friday night, he will appear with and interview Joe Biden. Yes, our Joe Biden.
Biden’s spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield says,
“VP Biden is attending because he believes in bipartisanship and the importance of keeping good lines of communication open across the aisle.”
Last week, Biden launched the American Possibilities PAC which has led many people to speculate on whether he will run for POTUS in 2020. This new PAC will allow Biden to raise money for Democratic candidates and work closely with donors.
When announcing his new PAC to supporters Biden said, “the negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics drives me crazy.” He did not mention Trump by name but said that kind of politics is “not who we are.”
Biden is very likely to make a case against Donald Trump at the Romney summit. And he won’t be alone. Romney himself was one of the Republican leaders of the “Never Trump” movement before the election. He just recently criticized Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate deal. And several other Trump skeptics will be speaking at the event.
“This year’s participants include several Trump skeptics. FedEx CEO Fred Smith has warned that Trump’s plans for trade would be “catastrophic” for the U.S. economy. Another participant, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, heads Trump’s manufacturing council, but he condemned Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from an international agreement to address climate change.”
Of course there will also be high-profile Republicans speaking, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (who was Romney’s running mate in 2012) and Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
Ryan is a Trump-sucker. But Graham and McCain may be critical in their remarks.
In any case, we know we have at least one voice of reason speaking at the event with Joe Biden. And that’s a good thing.
Trump was also invited to attend. But he declined.