USA 2020, Joe Biden announces his run for President
April 26, 2019
WILMINGTON – Joe Biden is officially in the race for president.
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
Biden made his announcement on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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
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
They will support Biden, a lifelong Democrat, even though
he may not favor all of their preferred, “parochial” tax
cuts, said Sonnenfeld. who also is a professor of management at
“The runaway biggest fear they (businesses) have is the political
instability in Washington,” he said. “Joe Biden, they see as a breath
of fresh air.”
With his candidacy officially launched, many political commentators now
will keep watch on his political donations, particularly during the first
Chanos, an investment manager and major Democratic donor, told CNBC in
February that he would throw his support and influence behind a
Biden presidential run.
But while Biden may reap support from well-heeled moderates if
he embraces the party’s center, that could also make
him a target of political barbs from progressives.
Ultimately, Biden’s candidacy could become a measure of whether Democratic voters have shifted as far to the left as some of his fellow presidential candidates.