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Former US vice-president Joe Biden enters 2020 presidential race

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At the time Schaitberger said the union would be "all in" for Biden if he runs.

Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has declared a presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation.

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

Still, the 76-year-old Scranton-Pennsylvania native's political liabilities are many. Previously, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) each received an endorsement from one of their Senate colleagues.

Ignoring the political noise in his own party, Biden aimed directly at Donald Trump in an announcement video seizing on the Republican president's response to the deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia two years ago.

Notably, left-wing voices and media outlets were among those scrutinizing the former vice president this time around, with Vox's Laura McGann admitting that the mainstream media previously downplayed such incidents as "just Joe being Joe".

'But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentaly alter the caracter of this nation, who we are and I can not stand by and watch that happen.

But Biggs argued that Biden's chances of securing the Democratic Party nomination could be hurt - by the party's narrative.

Biden gained "some genuine goodwill" with voters over his career, over 36 years as a senator and then eight years as Barack Obama's deputy, said Kondik.

The record number of candidates means Biden finds himself in a field of unprecedented diversity as he makes his third run for president, following two unsuccessful attempts in 1988 and 2008. However, the former vice president is an establishment Democrat in the mold of Hillary Clinton, rather than a more left-leaning activist like Sen.

"And because of that, it's unlikely that he will throw his support behind a specific candidate this early in the primary process - preferring instead to let the candidates make their cases directly to the voters". Biden would be the most experienced politician in the race, and the second-oldest, after 77-year-old Bernie Sanders.

Since the vice-presidency, Mr Biden has enjoyed relative popularity among Democrats.

The 76-year-old former DE senator immediately becomes a top contender vying for the Democratic nomination, four years after passing on a bid for the White House in the wake of his son Beau's death. But ultimately he apologised and said he recognised standards for personal conduct had evolved in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

"I can not be satisfied by simply saying I'm sorry for what happened to you".

Mr Trump welcomed "Sleepy Joe" to the presidental race on Twitter, warning him he was in for a "nasty" primary campaign.

Biden said America is an idea that gives hope to people in need and guarantees that people are treated with dignity.

'And in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime, ' Biden said.

After the death of his son Beau from cancer, Biden opted out of a presidential campaign in 2016.

With a record in elected office that stretches half a century, Biden faces multiple challenges.

The veep has a lot of things going for him. Those questions will soon be answered.

The video starts with Biden highlighting the violence at a gathering where white nationalists were protesting the city's plan to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Just before he took office, he was devastated by tragedy: his wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi were killed in a auto crash. During his time representing DE in the Senate, Biden served as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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