Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid


Ending months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced on Thursday he is launching his third presidential campaign, instantly joining the race as an early frontrunner among more than a dozen major Democratic candidates seeking to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

Biden, 76, a longtime US senator who served two terms as then-President Barack Obama's No. 2, announced his bid in a video describing the high stakes of the race to take on Republican President Donald Trump in next year's election. At least 20 Democrats are now in the running for the chance to take on Trump next year, with a possibility that some lesser-known candidates might still join the field.

Michelle Kwan, a two-time Olympic medalist in figure skating, is also joining Biden's campaign as a surrogates director.

On Thursday night in Philadelphia, Comcast's chief lobbyist David Cohen will host a high-dollar fundraiser for Biden's campaign.

Some analysts have said that Biden's standing in the polls is the result of the USA senator from Delaware's name recognition from over four decades in public office, including eight years as former President Barack Obama's No. 2 in the White House.

Pennsylvania, not far from Biden's home state of DE, is a key battleground state and former industrial hub that backed Trump in 2016.

In recent months, his longstanding political style of hugging friends and strangers alike, and lavishing affection particularly on women and girls, has come under scrutiny, as several women accused him of touching them years ago in ways that were inappropriate or made them uncomfortable.

Biden is "more of a moderate and centrist" who holds appeal for Utahns, Peay said.

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More recently, Biden's willingness to work with Republicans has caused him political headaches. An average of recent poll results compiled by Real Clear Politics now shows Biden leading the crowded field of contenders with 29.3 percent, trailed by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has 23 percent. Elizabeth Warren holding a rally in Salt Lake City last week. "If it's a ceiling, his candidacy could fall apart quickly".

While setting up a montage video containing some of the often-played gaffes from Biden's past, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt said, "Here's some of the best of the best of Joe Biden", with Steve Doocy adding, "Some of the flubs".

But before Biden calls on the workers of western Pennsylvania to unite, he plans to show solidarity with the forgotten men and women of the union-busting and telecom-lobbying industries. Nicknames like "Uncle Joe" and "Middle-Class Joe" can sound cheesy and over the top, but it rings authentic to a lot of people. "And guys that's not hyperbole, that's just a simple fact".

But Sanders' words left Bhojwani, the moderators - and, by the sound of it, many in the audience - feeling unsatisfied.

The veteran DE senator and two-term vice president in the Obama administration has rivaled Sen. He staged two campaigns for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008, dropping out during the primary contests in both.

Given his long-standing support from African-Americans and his partnership with Obama, Biden could also affect the candidacy of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, who is widely regarded as a serious contender for the nomination.

Expect the former vice-president's position against school bussing to end segregation in the 1970s, his chairmanship of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991, his support for the 2003 Iraq War, and stringent anti-crime and bankruptcy bills to be spotlighted by the diverse and talented primary field opposing him.