Biden to Announce US Presidential Run on Wednesday: Report

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden plans to make a widely expected announcement of his candidacy for the presidency in a video on Wednesday, the Atlantic reported on Friday, citing sources close to Biden’s top aides.

The announcement will follow months of speculation over whether Biden, a Democratic party stalwart and an early leader in opinion polls, would launch a bid for his party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

The announcement video will include footage shot two weeks ago outside the house where Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Atlantic reported. Biden’s roots in the faded industrial town of about 77,000 people have fueled his appeal among U.S. working class voters.

Biden served 36 years in the U.S. Senate representing Delaware and eight years as vice president under former President Barack Obama. At 76, he will become the second oldest candidate in the Democratic primary after Senator Bernie Sanders, who is 77.

His announcement would bring the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls to 19. Political observers in recent weeks have wondered if Biden delayed his decision due to recent allegations from women that Biden made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them at political events in the past.

Biden responded to the allegations earlier this month by saying he believed he never acted inappropriately during his many years in public life.

“I will be much more mindful, and that’s my responsibility,” Biden said in a video posted on social media. “I’ve worked my whole life to empower women. I’ve worked my whole life to prevent abuse.”

In the days after four women came forward with allegations, sources close to Biden told Reuters that campaign preparations had not been slowed by the controversy.

NBC News cited multiple officials as saying Biden’s advisers are finalizing plans for the campaign launch this coming week.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by David Gregorio)

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James
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Glad to see ole Smooch found the clown car. Need to start grilling him about his failure with #44 and the millions he and son Hunter made from Ukraine and China deals while in Office and using taxpayer supported Air Force 2 while counting his $$$. Good luck getting above 24% in the polls, Smooch.

Phyllis Softa
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I’m glad to see you want business practices & emolument clause as a consideration in selecting a 2020 POTUS. It sure as heck was NOT where your focus was in 2016, OR anytime since. Also surprised to see polling is back in consideration, BUT why now? The first caucus & primary are > 9 mos away? Too soon for taking polls seriously Biden is 24% in a field of 18. In a field of 16, in July, 2015 which was AFTER Trump announced, he was at 17%.

banstan
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You and your beloved POLLS, philly. ALWAYS willing to cite them, NEVER willing to post the makeup of the poll.

Phyllis Softa
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I find polling a year out from the primaries to be worthless. A year out in 2008 polling indicated Clinton & Giuliani were “front runners.” In 2016, a year out it was Scott Walker, who did not make it to the Iowa caucus.Then it was Jeb Bush. I don’t vote until April 28, 2020. I am looking for a candidate that has a plan to make America Sane Again. I would be happy to provide you with the links to the polling. but IJR is set up to hold all posts with provided links. Google the polling.

Phyllis Softa
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Since you are into polling, I thought you might be interested in the latest Reuters polling on the Pussy grabber. Trump is at 38% approval. Biden is down from his 61% in 2017. “ole Smooch” is currently at 56%.

banstan
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Just WHAT is the makeup of the poll you cite, philly. The answer is NOT rueters, as you have tried to answer the very same question in the past.

Phyllis Softa
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For those who are unable to access Ipsos/Reuters poll in their search engines, I am happy to provide the make up.The April 18-19 poll included 353 D’ s, 344 R’s, 210 I’s and 98 refused to respond to party affiliation. MOE was 3.5%. The same questions were asked for the March 25-26 and the make up of 1003 results included 350 D’s, 362 R’s, 200 I’s & 91 unknown. The results are broken down by party in the results. I will provide the link in a separate post below. Worth your time to read.

banstan
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I am SO PROUD of you, philly. You ACTUALLY made an effort to cite the make-up of a poll, instead of the source. How did it feel to do something totally new here?

banstan
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Let me guess. A: Refreshing. B: Invigorating. C: I don’t know. I’ve never felt this way before. D: All of the above.
I’m going with D.

Phyllis Softa
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E.Enabling. My niece chastises me when I pick-up after my great-nephews claiming I am enabling their failure to perform tasks they should be doing for themselves. Consider yourself an honorary nephew.

Phyllis Softa
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I am happy to assist you with task that you find too tedious to perform yourself.

banstan
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nice try there, philly. This is the FIRST time you have EVER attempted to cite the make-up of of poll you quote instead of the source. You have, once again, forgotten the several times I have questioned the polls you cite because the make-up of the poll could only come to one conclusion.

Phyllis Softa
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If you want the makeup of any poll, the info is accessible with a simple tap to access your search engine, tap in the letters of the poll, then tap on the site. But if tapping or clicking is too much for you, let me know. IJR frequently does not provide the info and I have never observed you complaining to them.

banstan
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like I said before, you cite polls that can come to only one conclusion, because of the make-up of the poll. The reason I know this is because I’ve checked out the make-up of EVERY poll you have cited here. Your record of posting un-biased polls pretty much SUCKS.

Phyllis Softa
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TOM
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Reuters also predicted that Hitlery would win by a landslide in 2016, something over 90%.

Phyllis Softa
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Same article claims Trump would need to win FL, PA, and MI. He did. Poll indicated a 2% lead for Clinton in popular vote. She won the popular vote by 2.1%

banstan
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So, just what are you saying about an article that straddles the fence, but with a definite , incorrect lean?

Phyllis Softa
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If TOM read the article, it said Hillary had a 2% edge in the popular vote but Trump could win the election if he won FL, PA and MI. What is incorrect lean in the article? Did you perceive Hillary did not win the popular vote by 2.1%? Did Trump not win FL, PA, and MI?

banstan
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Since you are incapable of seeing the lean, philly, let me explain in plain English. The LEAN was Hilliarly would win in a landslide… . . PERIOD.

Phyllis Softa
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2% popular vote is not considered a landslide, but if that what 2% means to you, I believe you?

TOM
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All the “net worth” information on the interweb says that Smoochy has spent his life in the red until he left public service and signed a 3 book deal for $8M. I find it hard to believe that any Federal elected official could be so destitute but that is what the interweb says.

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