Joe Biden Says He's Running for President in Video Announcing Bid

Larry Hoffman
April 26, 2019

The waiting, wondering, and vacillating are over: Joe Biden is getting into the presidential race, and he has every intention of fighting like hell to kick Donald Trump off the White House grounds.

People familiar with the campaign's plans said Biden plans to place a particular emphasis on SC, an early primary state where he enjoys strong support from longtime Democratic leaders and the state's large African American community.

"We are in the battle for the soul of this nation", he added. He shared a video on Twitter, captioned: "The core values of this nation... our standing in the world... our very democracy.everything that has made America - America -is at stake".

In a three-minute video announcing his candidacy, the former vice president was emphatic and determined-so much so that you could be forgiven for thinking the American republic would be utterly destroyed in the event of four more years of Trump.

At least, that's the message from a new poll from Monmouth University, which found that a vast majority of Democratic voters don't consider race or gender as important factors in picking the party's presidential nominee to take on President Donald Trump.

Biden, who relishes his "Middle-Class Joe" nickname and touts his working-class roots, made unsuccessful bids for the nomination in 1988 and 2008. "I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign", Trump tweeted, repeating a nickname he's tagged Biden with and questioning his intelligence and political aptitude. "And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime".

Boyd Brown, a prominent South Carolina Democrat backing Beto O'Rourke, said Biden's opening salvo stands out. In a RealClear Politics average of multiple primary polls, Biden has a lead of about six percentage points over his closest challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), with an average of 29.3% support.

But critics dismiss Biden, who is four years older than Trump, as too old and out of step to carry the flag for an increasingly diverse Democratic Party.

The presidential hopeful is also dealing with controversy. But his experience and strong debate performances in 2008 impressed Obama enough that he tapped Biden as his running mate. "I wish I could have done something, ' Biden said during a 'Courage Awards" gala hosted by his family foundation. A handful of other women have made similar claims, though none has alleged sexual misconduct.

The former vice president, however, will also face scrutiny from progressives for some of the positions he held during his long tenure in Congress, where he represented DE in the Senate for more than 35 years.

In a video, Biden pledged to be "more mindful" of respecting "personal space", but Flores told Fox News this week that the former senator's jokes on the matter have been "so incredibly disrespectful".

Mr Biden first ran for the presidency in the 1988 election, but he withdrew after admitting that he had plagiarised a speech by Neil Kinnock, the leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom at the time.

A handful of lesser-known Democrats, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, could join the race in the coming weeks or months, but Biden's decision is considered the final major piece as voters, donors and elected officials alike begin to pick their favorites.

Likewise, Biden once played a key role in anti-crime legislation that had a disproportionately negative impact on African Americans.

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