The former US vice-president Joe Biden has announced he will seek the presidency in 2020. He has become the most prominent name to enter the field of Democratic candidates competing in the 2020 election.
He made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter. In his campaign announcement video, Biden rebuked the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen. He said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides’. With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
Biden’s more than four decades long career is set to undergo an unprecedented level of scrutiny as he seeks to win the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in a general election.
As Biden joins a race with 19 other Democratic candidates, he is in an unaccustomed political position. He is an early front-runner for the nomination, though by no means an imposing one. He has run four previous national campaigns. Two as a little-noticed candidate for the presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008, and two as Mr. Obama’s running mate.