Outgoing United States Vice President Joe Biden will "set up shop" at Penn when he leaves office in January, Politico reported Wednesday morning.
Biden made several appearances in University City in 2016. The former six-term Delaware Senator launched his “cancer moonshot” initiative at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center in January, attended his granddaughter Naomi Biden’s graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences in May and campaigned for Hillary Clinton on Election Day.
"We're ecstatic over the possibility of Joe Biden coming to campus," Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz said. "We have a lot of Joe Biden fans."
Pomerantz added that the group was particularly excited about Biden's history of involvement in the "It's On Us" sexual assault prevention campaign.
Former Penn Democrats President Jana Korn suggested on Twitter that Biden hinted at his move to campus when the two talked months ago.
Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991. The former attorney general of Delaware died from brain cancer in May of 2015. His father has dedicated much of his advocacy work to his memory.
Biden’s presence on campus will provide a stark political contrast to President-elect and 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump. Biden was harshly critical of Trump when he campaigned for Clinton this year, at one point claiming he would like to “take [Trump] out behind the gym.”
Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will officially succeed Biden on Jan. 20.
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