Joe Biden best placed Democrat to beat Trump

Friday, 26 Apr, 2019

After months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is running for president, joining a crowded Democrat primary field he already polls consistently above.

Former US Vice President Joe Biden formally announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential elections in an online video on Thursday.

'I can not be satisfied by simply saying I'm sorry for what happened to you, ' she said Thursday.

He made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter, declaring: "We are in the battle for the soul of this nation". Not only is Biden the Dem with the only current polling lead against Trump, the candidate is actually polling even higher than his old boss Obama did against The Donald in the outlet's 2012 poll. Wow...

"In many ways, this settles the race down rather than shaking it up", said Jeff Link, a Democratic strategist in Iowa who worked for Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. Biden is aiming to raise $500,000 at the event.

But Mr Biden also carries political baggage that the liberal wing of his party sees as problematic-including support for the Iraq war, opposition to efforts to improve racial integration, and controversy over his 1991 handling of sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Biden, in an apparent bid to soften the ground before he entered the White House race, spoke of "regret" last month for how Hill was treated.

When it comes to race, almost 90 percent of Democrats said it "does not matter" if the Democratic 2020 presidential nominee to challenge Trump is a minority or is white.

This will be Biden's third run for the top office. In large part, Biden has avoided the more liberal talking points to maintain his brand as a longtime centrist capable of appealing to the working-class voters who swung for Trump in 2016.

No other Democratic candidate, including notable names such as Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, as well as former House member Beto O'Rourke and rising star Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend in the state of in, garnered the support of more than 7 percent of the respondents.

Biden recalled Trump's "very fine people on both sides" remark following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

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.

Biden failed to gain traction with voters during previous presidential bid in 1988 and 2008. Despite being in politics since his early twenties, Biden has long marketed himself as an ordinary guy from Scranton, Pennsylvania who was elected to represent the interests of the working and middle classes.

He may face a reckoning among Democrats for some of his Senate votes, including his role in pushing the 1994 crime bill, which many Democrats believe drove up incarcerations disproportionately affecting African Americans.