Joe Biden announces 2020 presidential run


Nicole Revilla, Co-Editor-in-Chief

After months of speculation and accusations that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, on April 25, former Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will be running for president in 2020.

Joe Biden. Picture by The New York Post.

Biden’s announcement makes him currently the 20th candidate to enter the Democratic primary race for the 2020 presidential election.

Joe Biden made his announcement through a video published on his official campaign social media accounts.

Biden’s announcement focused on a “battle for the soul of this nation,” with his video centered around the 2017 white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., and President Trump’s response that there were “very fine people on both sides” after a counter protester was killed.

“In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden says in the video.

“I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time,” Biden adds.

“But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.” Biden said on his video.

Biden is the former Delaware senator and Vice President under the Obama Administration, he became a top contender for the Democratic nomination four years after passing on a chance for the White House in the wake of his son Beau’s death.

Biden was also loved under the Obama Administration for sharing a close friendship with the former president.

Although popular among the Democratic party, Biden will surely face questions about his age, past positions on policing and actions toward women in the wake of the #MeToo era after allegations have surfaced.

After accusations arose earlier this year, Biden acknowledged that his behavior made others uncomfortable in a video he released saying, “Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying.

“Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.” Biden said.

Joe Biden has also faced criticism for his handling of the 1991 Anita Hill sexual harassment allegations over then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Biden and Anita Hill in 1991 during the Anita-Thomas Hearings. Photo by The New York Post.

The Thomas-Hill hearings were closely watched by the country and put issues over sexual harassment in the workplace in the spotlight.

Biden was the Senate Judiciary chair at the time when Hill brought allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas.

Biden has been criticized for failing to call additional witnesses who could have supported Hill’s claims, and sitting back when his Republican colleagues attacked her.

In response to the allegations, the 14 all male white Senators attacked and ridiculed her claims, many say Biden should have done more to conduct her hearing in a more fair manner.

Biden has since apologized for his handling of the Anita Hill case, on April 29 Biden spoke on his involvement during an interview on Good Morning America.

Jill and Joe Biden speak with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, April 29, 2019. Photo by ABC News.

According to ABC News, Biden said, “I believed her from the very beginning, but I was chairman. She did not get a fair hearing. She did not get treated well. That’s my responsibility,” Biden told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts during the interview, “As the committee chairman, I take responsibility that she did not get treated well. I take responsibility for that.”

Despite this, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Biden is still a favorite among 2020 Democratic presidential nominees.

The survey found that 13 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents would vote for Biden if a 2020 Democratic primary or caucus were held in their state today, followed by Sanders at 9%.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg held 5 percent of votes, while Sen. Kamala O’Harris and Elizabeth Warren held 4 percent of the votes, with former Congressman Beto O’Rourke holding 3% of votes.

The poll appeared to show that the 2020 Democratic field remains wide open and the race is still too vague to tell yet.

Biden is set to kick off his campaign in Pennsylvania this week.