Job Biden book tour sparks talk of 2020 presidential run

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

The announcement of his speaking tour coincided with the release of an op-ed the former vice president wrote in the Washington Post assailing the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Dubbed the American Promise Tour, Biden's travels are in support of his new memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and goal, due out November 14 from Flatiron Books. Two books would be memoirs, and the third would be a book co-authored with Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Broadcast journalist Dan Rather, meanwhile, will kick off the festival's "Evenings With" series on November 12, and will discuss his new book "What Unites Us", a collection of Facebook essays on patriotism and the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump.

Prices range from $50-$150, Eck said. Ticket purchases include a copy of the book.

The visit is part of a concerted effort to bring more big-name speakers to the theater, Eck said.

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The book's title is based on Beau Biden's request of his father when the family gathered for what would be his last Thanksgiving: "Promise me, Dad". "It's a lucky man who gets out of bed every morning, puts his feet on the ground, knows what he wants to do, and knows it still matters", says Vice President Biden.

"Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges", states a Facebook page for the event.

Biden will also go on a book tour to 19 cities this fall to promote the book, with the hope of having conversations that move past "the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments", according to The Times.

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