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Joe Biden

On 07 November 2020, the Associated Press projected that Biden had passed the 270 electoral vote margin needed to win the presidency. Biden currently has 290 electoral votes, according to the AP. The Democratic candidate, 77, was projected to have surpassed the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win his hard-fought matchup with incumbent Donald Trump. The 74-year-old Republican has not conceded defeat and vowed to pursue a number of legal challenges in several battleground states.

Biden started with a base of 187 Electoral College votes from the District of Columbia and 14 solidly Democratic states, including two of the country’s largest: California, which is worth a whopping 55 Electoral College votes, and New York, which holds 29. Biden easily picked up Colorado, Virginia and New Hampshire on election night, which added 26 votes to his column to bring him to 213. The process appeared to stall as the count of millions of mail ballots in all-important Pennsylvania and Georgia ground on with the presidency hanging in the balance and no clear winner.

Joe Biden clinched the Democratic Party nomination on 06 June 2020, setting up a general election matchup with Donaldt Trump. Biden passed the 1,991 delegates needed based on estimates from votes in from the Tuesday 02 June 2020 primaries. On 24 April 2019 Former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced he was seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, instantly catapulting him to the top of an increasingly crowded Democratic field vying to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden is a natural politician, among the most gifted and talented of moden times. His experience in the areas of foreign affairs, criminal justice and domestic policy is unmatched by other presidential candidates. Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before serving as 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks. After the train accident that took the life of his first wife and daughter, he commuted everyday via Amtrak between Washington and Deleware to be with his sons. Son Beau Biden died in 2015 after battling brain cancer at age 46.

Biden's reputation is a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity. Biden ran in 1988, but dropped out during the campaign after allegations that he had plagiarized a speech from a British politician. He also ran in 2008, but quickly dropped out after making little headway in a year in which Barack Obama exploded onto the national scene. He is one of the few politicians around who cares about people and who understands how negotiations work. The respect he has earned from both sides of the aisle is a pretty strong indication that he knows how to bridge divisions. Joe Biden was born in 1942, and would be 78 years old upon becoming President after the 2020 election, and 86 years old after two terms. Is he too old? Biden would become the oldest person ever elected president, easily eclipsing the record set by Ronald Reagan. Reagan won a second term in 1984 at the age of 73.

Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming the 47th President of the United States. He gave his support to several U.S. foreign interventions, including the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and was instrumental in passing gun control legislation as well as a major overhaul of the criminal justice system.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council.

Biden has been in national politics almost his entire career. When he was 29 years old, he launched a long-shot Senate race against Delaware Republican Caleb Boggs, a war hero who had never lost an election. Biden edged out Boggs by a percentage point. His victory in 1972 made him, at that time, the second-youngest senator in U.S. history.

That victory was followed a few weeks later by unimaginable heartbreak: His wife, Neilia, and baby daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car crash a week before Christmas while shopping for a Christmas tree. His two sons, Beau and Hunter, suffered serious injuries but survived the accident, and Biden took the Senate oath of office at Beau’s hospital bedside in 1973. Biden wrote in his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” that his sons “saved my life” after the accident with their emotional support.

Biden began commuting to Washington every day by train, a practice he maintained throughout his career in the Senate.

In 1977, Biden married Jill Jacobs. Jill Biden, who holds a Ph.D. in Education, is a life-long educator who taught at a community college in Northern Virginia. The Biden’s son, Beau, was Delaware's Attorney General from 2007-2015 and a Major in the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009. Beau died in 2015 after battling with brain cancer with the same integrity, courage, and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. Biden has cited his family’s grief following Beau’s death in May 2015 as a reason he did not enter the Democratic presidential primary that year against Hillary Clinton.

Joel Goldstein, of Saint Louis University School of Law, the author of two books on the vice presidency, said the way Biden handled the tragedies “says something about his resilience, character and strength.” Goldstein said “You get the sense that he, as someone who having suffered those tragedies, is very empathetic with other people. He is a comforter.”

His other son, Hunter, was an attorney who managed a private equity firm in Washington, D.C. and was Chairman of the World Food Program USA. And his daughter Ashley was a social worker and is Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Justice. Vice President Biden had five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel ("Maisy"), Natalie, and Robert Hunter.

As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Vice President Biden established himself as a leader in facing some of our nation's most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, then-Senator Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation and has represented our country abroad traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. Vice President Biden has convened sessions of the President’s Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his fight to raise the living standards of middle class Americans, reduce gun violence, address violence against women, and end cancer as we know it.

The Vice President played a key role in acting aggressively to arrest the crisis, restart growth and job creation, rebuild the economy on a stronger long-term foundation, and expand opportunity for all Americans. The Vice President was tasked with implementing and overseeing the $840 billion stimulus package in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which helped to rebuild the economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. He fought for America’s auto industry, saving 1.5 million jobs up and down the supply chain. The Vice President also led the Ready to Work Initiative, the Administration’s key effort to identify opportunities to improve the nation’s workforce skills and training systems to help better prepare American workers for the jobs of a 21st century economy.

With decades of foreign policy experience in the U.S. Senate, include serving as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President Biden advised President Obama on international issues. The Vice President was committed to investing in the foundations of American leadership. That means smart investments in our military, but also ensuring a vibrant economy and a tolerant society. America not only leads with the "example of power" but crucially through the "power of example." America must work with international and local partners to share the burden and invest key actors in long-term success. This is key to good policy foreign policy. Demonstrating this belief, the Vice President represented the country in every region of the world, traveling to more than 50 countries during this Administration.

Joe Biden announced 25 April 2019 he would seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, instantly catapulting him to the top of an increasingly crowded Democratic field vying to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump. "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," Biden said.

He would make history if elected by becoming the oldest person ever to enter the presidency. Biden had twice before run for president, seeking the nomination in 1988 and 2008, but failed to gain much support from voters either time. He was forced to drop out of his first presidential race over a plagiarism scandal when he quoted the British politician Neil Kinnock verbatim during a debate at the Iowa State Fair, but did not cite him. He dropped out of the 2008 race after coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses, capturing less than 1% of the vote.

It's no secret that Vice President Biden has struggled with a stutter throughout his life. During his second campaign, Biden was known for his propensity to make verbal gaffes, including when he described his then-Democratic rival, Barack Obama, as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Biden has more recently said he believes his verbosity would not necessarily hurt him if he ran for president again, writing in his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” that by 2016, “The voting public was tired of careful and carefully packaged candidates.” He added, “My reputation as a ‘gaffe machine’ was no longer looking like a weakness. The public could see that I spoke from the heart and I meant what I said.”

The 76-year-old politician’s old-school style of glad-handing and pressing the flesh came back to haunt him, when at least seven women, including a one-time candidate for lieutenant governor in Nevada, accused him of inappropriate touching, hugs and kissing at public events. While Biden has defended his past behavior as consistent with his lifelong effort to make a “human connection” with women and men alike, he pledged in a recent video to be “mindful” of people’s boundaries going forward.

Biden, who was born in Scranton, Pa., and later moved to Delaware, had a quality that many of his challengers lack — more than a half of century of experience in government and a long record of political decision-making — some of it at the highest echelons of government.

Biden expressed regret for parts of his Senate record, including support of the sweeping 1994 crime bill with its tougher sentencing requirements and his vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He also apologized for his treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearing, saying in March, “To this day, I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved.”

For all of the political retribution Biden faces for his past actions, he also boasted major successes, such as sponsoring the Violence Against Women Act, which made it easier to prosecute domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Biden was also instrumental in helping to pass the Brady Bill, which required background checks for the purchase of most fire arms.

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