Reprinted from The New York Times by Alexander Burns on April 25, 2019.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020, marshaling his experience and global stature in a bid to lead a party increasingly defined by a younger generation that might be skeptical of his age and ideological moderation.
Biden, 76, is set to offer himself as a levelheaded leader for a country wracked by political conflict, a rationale he believes could attract a broad cross-section of voters who want to move on from Trump.
In a three-and-a-half minute video laying out his reasons for running, Biden chose not to talk about policy issues or his biography but instead began by recalling the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and a counterprotest, and Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides.” In that moment, Biden said, “I knew the threat to our nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.” …
Biden Announces 2020 Bid
Reprinted from The Washington Post by Brian Slodysko, Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples on April 23, 2019.
Answering perhaps the most significant question of the early 2020 election season, former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his presidential campaign on Thursday.
The move, confirmed by a person familiar with his plans, sets up the 76-year-old lifelong politician as a front-runner in the crowded Democratic contest as the party fights to determine who’s best positioned to defeat President Donald Trump next year.
Biden, who spent the last five decades in Washington but never lost touch with his working-class background, is scheduled to face union workers in Pittsburgh on Monday as part of the rollout tour, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations. …