US election 2020: Joe Biden announces he is running for president

US election 2020: Joe Biden announces he is running for president

- FormerUS vice-president Joe Biden has joined the 2020 presidential race

- Biden, who served as the vice-president during the Obama administration, described the 2020 race as a "battle for the soul of this nation"

- Republicans reportedly consider the former vice-president as the most-feared potential Democratic opponent for President Trump

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Former US vice-president Joe Biden has on Thursday, 25 April announced his decision to run for president for a third time in 2020.

According to CNN, Biden, who served as the vice-president during the Obama administration, described the 2020 race as a "battle for the soul of this nation".

He said: "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."

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The 76-year-old politician is expected to take on President Trump in the 2020 general election if he eventually emerges the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.

President Trump has reportedly described a general election match-up against Biden as a "dream", while some Republicans regard the former vice-president as the most-feared potential Democratic opponent for the president.

Biden earlier indicated he was close to mounting a 2020 campaign after gaining approval from his family to run for president for a third time.

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But he also acknowledged there were a number of other hurdles he still needed to work through, including fundraising, digital strategy, assembling a diverse campaign team and ensuring there is an appeal for a Biden run.

"I can die a happy man never having lived in the White House, but what I don't want to do is take people's time, effort and commitment without there being a clear shot that I could be the nominee," Biden was quoted to have said in late February.

"It is something that I have to make sure I could run a first-rate effort to do this and make clear where I think the country should go and how to get there."

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The 2020 attempt will mark Biden's third attempt for the White House after two failed bids in 1988 and 2008.

His first presidential run was plagued by charges that he plagiarised in law school and in campaign speeches. In 2008, he dropped out of the presidential contest after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses, placing fifth with less than one percentage point.

Biden came close to making a late entrance into the 2016 campaign to challenge Hillary Clinton and Sanders in the Democratic party, but ultimately decided against a run, in large part due to the emotional toll his son Beau's death took on him and his family in 2015.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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