DOVER, Del. (FOX 29) - Some anticipated that Saturday night's First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Del. would be the venue that Joe Biden would announces his 2020 presidential campaign, but that moment did not come to pass.
Biden, in front of a large crowd gathered inside the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Ballroom, gave an impassioned speech that at times sounded like it was heading towards the anticipated announcement.
The former vice president pointed at his progressive ideals and spoke about his experience as a senator. And, of course, stated the importance of the upcoming election.
"The election in 2020, without hyperbole, is going to be the most important election there is so much at stake," said Biden.
Biden did not pull any punches when talking about President Donald Trump.
"[Trump] is embracing autocrats across the world, from Putin to Kim Jong-Un and turning his back on our most important and trusted allies," Biden said.
Political experts suggest Biden would be a formidable candidate to run against President Trump.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons says it is all but certain Biden will run.
"He will be the front runner the day he gets in, and I am optimistic that the Democratic primary voters who get to meet him and hear from him will be inspired by his heart, integrity and vision for the country," said Coons.
While Biden stopped short of a declaration, young Democrats at the event believe it will not be long before he throws his hat in the ring.
"Of course I was hoping he would [announce a presidential run], but I know that there is still hope in the coming weeks that maybe he will say something at the University of Delaware or somewhere locally," said University of Delaware student, Alexa Adams.