Joe Biden for 2020 president what does he stand for policies can he win – JIM BOURG/Reuters
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Joe Biden has wanted to be president for at least 30 years. He first ran in 1988, crashing out in his bid for the Democratic nomination over a plagiarism scandal.
In 2008, Mr Biden took on Barack Obama but again stumbled at the first hurdle, securing less than one per cent of the vote at the all-important Iowa caucus.
At the last election it was tragedy that intervened, with the then-vice president declining to run after his son Beau’s death from cancer.
Now, with Mr Biden the Democratic presidential nominee, one question looms large – is 2020 the year Mr Biden finally gets over the line?
Fuelling his thinking, according to Larry Rusky, his communications director for both the 1988 and 2008 presidential bids, was a concern for where the country was heading under Donald Trump.
“To the extent that he is driven, he’s driven by a need to contribute to the relationship between the government and its people.”
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A senator for 36 years and a vice-president for eight, he has the experience and authority that Mr Trump lacks.
His record of deal-making, from helping pass an assault weapons ban while Senate judiciary committee chairman to negotiating Ukrainian ceasefires and budget deals as vice-president, shows a bipartisanship lacking in the White House.
Plus his uplifting rhetoric, inspiring back-story and Pennsylvanian roots proved he could win back the blue-collar voters who flocked to Mr Trump at the last election.
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That was certainly what Mr Biden thought, according to his recent memoir. He spelled out how his 2016 campaign would have been pitched around winning back the middle class – where Mr Trump did so well.
Mr Biden’s stance on Brexit and a trade deal is also being watched closely in Whitehall. He opposed Brexit and recently issued a shot across the bows over Boris Johnson’s EU talks strategy, warning that any undermining of Northern Irish peace would kill a trade deal.
Did anyone believe Biden could win?
His supporters argued that Mr Biden has enough centrist clout to win back Trump voters while possessing sufficient left-wing credentials from the Obama years to inspire the Democratic base.
And it’s not just backers. “Eighty per cent of people I talk to on the Hill, both Republicans and Democrats, say Joe Biden has the best chance of beating Trump,” said a UK official whose job it is to know.
Early polls indicated that Mr Biden was ahead in the race and had been since the start of the year, with his lead bouncing between five and 10 percentage points.
On October 23, he was at 51 per cent of the vote, compared with Mr Trump’s 43 per cent, according to leading US political site Real Clear Politics.