2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates: Joe Biden


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Athena Pajer

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., more commonly known as Joe Biden, is most widely known for serving as Vice President for President Barack Obama, who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He also served as a senator between 1973-2009 for Delaware. He entered the position, after a brief career as an attorney, as the fifth youngest senator in United States history. He stayed in office long enough to become Delaware’s longest-serving senator.

His time as senator included a long tenure as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He worked to limit tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. He later spoke out in opposition against the Iraq occupation, which took place during the Bush administration.

While foreign relations was a high priority throughout Biden’s long career, he also focused on criminal justice and drug policy. He was even part of the International Narcotics Control Caucus.

Biden previously ran for president in 1987, but dropped out due to a scandal revealing that he had plagiarized certain projects in law school and parts of a speech he gave. He was also suffering from chronic headaches during the campaign.

Biden soon found out that he suffered two massive brain aneurysms, and he also had bleeding in his lungs. He would undergo a seven-month recovery period and return to office to serve two more decades.

Biden is currently running again for the presidency under the slogan, “The Best Days Still Lie Ahead.”

The slogan directly contrasts President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan used in the 2016 presidential election. The two candidates have a contentious background.

Biden has been one of the most outspoken opponents of Donald Trump since Trump’s 2016 campaign trail.

The two are at each other’s throat with attack ads. Biden is also taking heat from the Republican side, which has been claiming he has “baggage” with Trump because of the situation involving Ukraine and Biden’s son, Hunter. Biden’s largest Democratic rival at the moment is Pete Buttigieg.

Biden’s campaign is much different than the grassroots “for the people” campaigns the other three major candidates are pushing. Biden is a statesman. A career politician.

This was clear from the first twenty-four hours after he announced his candidacy. He managed to raise more money than all of the other candidates with fewer individual donors, suggesting that his contributors have more money to give.