Wednesday 22 May 2019

Former US Vice President Joe Biden to challenge Trump for keys to White House

Contender: Former US vice president Joe Biden at a rally in Dorchester, Massachusetts, last week. The 76-year-old is expected to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 election. Photo: Getty Images
Contender: Former US vice president Joe Biden at a rally in Dorchester, Massachusetts, last week. The 76-year-old is expected to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 election. Photo: Getty Images

Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumon

Joe Biden has formally entered the 2020 race for president.

The vice president under President Barack Obama made the announcement in a video released on Thursday morning.

The move marks what will likely be the 76-year-old's final opportunity to seek a job he has eyed for more than a generation.

One of the most recognisable names in US politics, Mr Biden leads most early Democratic primary polls.

But as an older white man who spent a half-century in Washington, it is unclear if he will be embraced by today's increasingly liberal Democratic Party.

Mr Biden faces myriad questions about his past, including recent claims he touched women in an overly familiar manner without their consent.

Mr Biden has pledged to be "much more mindful" of respecting personal space.

Press Association

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