Former United States Vice President, Joe Biden is officially in the race for president. Biden was Vice president to President Barack Obama from 2008 to 2016.
His long-awaited answer to the biggest political question in the country the past few months ended on Thursday when he joined 20 ideologically diverse Democrats vying to become the party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Biden made his announcement on Facebook and Twitter.
“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, ” Biden tweeted on Thursday
The announcement from the 76-year-old former vice president comes three years after he declined to seek the country’s highest political office — a time in which he and his family were grieving the death of his oldest son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.
Thanks to the name recognition that comes with holding national office, Biden has been among the front-runners in Democratic polling for months, even as he waited along the sidelines.
Yet, in recent weeks, controversy struck after four women claimed Biden had hugged, kissed or rubbed noses with them without permission.
In the wake of the allegations, Biden’s lead in some recent primary state polls weakened as support for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has grown.
The current Democratic field of candidates includes a former cabinet secretary to President Barack Obama, sitting senators, current and former U.S. representatives, and a former governor.
Several candidates have pulled their party to the left, calling for Medicare for all and tighter regulations on fossil fuels. It remains unclear whether a similar a progressive tilt will come from the Biden camp in the months before the first state primaries early next year.
Biden embraced the “middle class Joe” moniker while serving as vice president, yet prior to that he represented the moderate, pro-business state of Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate.
There, he championed the Violence Against Women Act and numerous bills designed to combat drug use, including legislation that imposed stiffer prison sentences for the possession of crack than those for powder cocaine.
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld. president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, says Biden today has a built in base in the political center as many socially liberal and economically conservative business leaders are excited about his candidacy.
Businesses are craving an experienced politician who can avert the economic uncertainty that has surrounded the Trump Administration, he said.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet last week that he believed the two Democratic Party finalists to contest against him will be Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders:
“I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!”