Joe Biden announces 2020 run for president
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a video released Thursday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden formally announced he’s running for president in 2020 — ending months-long speculation about his intentions.
Biden becomes the 20th Democrat to enter the 2020 race, and enters as a high-profile candidate, with decades of experience.
He will hold his first event as a candidate in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Following his formal announcement, Biden’s first television interview will take place on ABC’s The View on Friday.
Biden opened his announcement video quoting from the Declaration of Independence.
“We haven’t always lived up to these ideals. [Thomas] Jefferson himself didn’t. But we’ve never before walked away from them,” Biden says in the video.
Biden contrasts Jefferson’s hometown, Charlottesville, with the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters that occurred there in August 2017. He quotes President Donald Trump in the video, referring to the president’s “very fine people on both sides” quote in the wake of the death of Heather Heyer.
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
In Biden’s first fundraising email, sent just after the announcement, he writes, “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
He and his wife Dr. Jill Biden will also sit down with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, ahead of his Pittsburgh event. The interview will air on GMA Tuesday.
Throughout the 2018 midterms, Biden cast the upcoming elections as a “battle for the soul of America.”
In a field that boasts a number of vocal progressive candidates, Biden’s bipartisan approach may make it difficult for him to gain support with the liberal wing of the party.
“Middle-Class Joe” isn’t backing away from his bipartisan roots.
“Vice President Biden believes to his core that you can disagree politically on a lot and still work together on issues of common cause, especially issues as essential as the fight against cancer,” Biden spokesperson Bill Russo told ABC News earlier this year.
One of the first challenges to Biden’s candidacy will be answering tough questions on allegations from some women who have said that the former vice president made them feel uncomfortable in past interactions by touching them without their permission.
On Wednesday, his Democratic rival, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, signaled that Biden “is going to have to directly answer to voters” on the allegations.
This will be Biden’s third run for president. He previously ran in 1988 and 2008, before serving as vice president to Barack Obama.
Biden was one of the youngest people ever elected to the Senate, when he won his race in 1972 at 29 years old.
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