Former US vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. who served 8 years during President Obama’s tenure on Thursday declared his readiness to run for U.S president to challenge the current President Trump in 2020.
Joe Biden, 76, is a Democrat who has served over three decades in the U.S. Senate declared his long rumored intention in a campaign video released Thursday morning.
In the video, Joe Biden began by recalling the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 and a counter protest, and Mr. Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides.” In that moment, Mr. Biden said, “I knew the threat to our nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” Mr. Biden said. “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.”
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. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Biden’s first major campaign event is scheduled for Monday in Pittsburgh, where he is expected to speak about rebuilding an inclusive middle class. Thereafter, he will launch a multistate campaign tour with a focus on states with early voting, where he will roll out his vision for closing the divides that are driving Americans apart, NBC reported.
Shortly after his announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted:
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”