Joe Biden hasn’t been endorsed by his former boss, Barack Obama, but he’s open to sweetening the deal. If elected president, Biden says he’ll consider nominating Obama to the Supreme Court.
“Biden [was] asked here in Washington, Iowa, if he would ever nominate former President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court. ‘If he’d take it, yes,’” Wall Street Journal reporter Ken Thomas wrote on Twitter.
The former New York mayor has reportedly played a key role in trying to convince Ukraine to launch an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, a claim that Giuliani himself has confirmed in television appearances.
TRUMP: “We’re trying to find out about a whistleblower. We have a whistleblower that reports things that were incorrect. As you know, and you probably now have figured it out, the statement I made to the president of Ukraine, a good man, a nice man, knew was perfect and is perfect. But the whistleblower reported a totally different statement. Like, the statement was not even made. I guess statement you could say with call. I made a call. The call was perfect. When the whistleblower reported it, he made it sound terrible. And then you had Adam Schiff who, even worse, made up my words, which I think is just horrible, I have never seen a thing like that. Adam Schiff, representative, congressman, made up what I said. He actually took words and made it up.”
Trump: ‘We’re Trying to Find out About a Whistleblower … that Reports Things that Were Incorrect’
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Mr Biden has said it is “his responsibility” to act with more consideration in future
Joe Biden has opened up a 32-point lead over his nearest rival for the Democrat nomination for the presidency in 2020, according to a new poll.
Since entering the race to take on Donald Trump in April, the former vice president has set a new record for fundraising in the first 24-hours of a campaign – $6.3m (£4.8m) – and pushed his way to the top of most polls.
Mr Biden beat the fundraising record of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who sits in second place in the The Hill-HarrisX poll with 14 per cent of respondents to Mr Biden’s 46 per cent. The poll, which was taken over the weekend and involved 440 voters is the latest in a trend of polls that has shown Mr Biden increasing his lead over his rivals.
In the last two weeks, three other polls of more than 1,000 registered voters have put Mr Biden ahead of Mr Sanders by 24, 26 and 30 percentage points. According to an average of polls over the last month, Mr Biden has a lead of 22.3 points.
While not too much should be read into polls before the primaries begin, particularly given Mr Sanders experience of the race in 2016, it is clear that Mr Biden is leaving little room for the more than 20 other candidates in the field. Both Mr Biden and Mr Sanders would beat Mr Trump at the ballot box according to a recent poll.
The latest poll moves former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg – one of the surprise packages in this year’s race – into third position on 8 per cent, with Senator Elizabeth Warren in fourth place on 7 per cent. Ms Warren still holds third place when an average of polls is taken, on 7.3 per cent.
California Senator Kamala Harris is fifth on 6 per cent – although she is likely to get a boost in forthcoming polls after her tough questioning of Attorney General William Barr over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.
All others are polling at less than five per cent, with candidates like Beto O’Rouke (3 per cent) dropping after entering the race to much fanfare earlier this year.
The fact that Mr Biden is looming so heavily over the race has pushed candidates into announcing a number of ambitious policy positions to try and gain traction.
Mr O’Rouke has announced what he described as the “most ambitious plan to confront climate change we have ever seen” including investing $5 trillion in infrastructure and innovation projects over the next decade.
As for Ms Warren, she has announced plans to cancel $50,000 in student loans for many Americans, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has mapped out what has has labelled “the most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever seen by a presidential candidate.
Mr Biden’s campaign is not without its own problems, including the former vice president facing allegations from a number of women that he greeted and touched them inappropriately in ways that made them feel uncomfortable.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, in an online video Thursday, officially declared his candidacy for president in 2020, capping off weeks of intrigue and media speculation.
He enters a crowded field of Democratic contenders aiming to unseat President Trump — nearly 32 years after he announced his first campaign for president. The campaign is Biden’s third for the White House, having also unsuccessfully run in 1988 and 2008.
“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 tweeted early Thursday.
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With the announcement, which followed months of deliberations, Biden becomes a front-runner in an incredibly crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders all vying to face off next year against Trump.
The president welcomed Biden into the race, warning him that the race will be “nasty.”
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
Biden, along with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — who is making his second straight White House run — have consistently topped the polls in the race for the Democratic nomination.
In Thursday’s video, the former vice president pointed to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017 at a large white nationalist rally, Biden took aim at Trump’s response that “there were some very fine people on both sides.”
“With those words, the president of the United assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden charged. “And in that moment, I new the threat to this nation was unlike any I had seen in my lifetime. I wrote at the time that we’re in the battle for the soul of this nation. Well, that’s even more true today. We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.”
Biden argued that “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.”
Fox News reported last week that the theme of the announcement would be ‘the battle for the soul of America.’
Biden is expected to follow up the announcement with his first high-dollar fundraiser in the Philadelphia home of Comcast executive David Cohen Thursday evening and appear at a local union hall in Pittsburgh on Monday.
The former Delaware senator has for weeks been rallying potential donors in an effort to gain momentum, noting that Sanders and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas managed to raise $6 million within 24 hours of launching their candidacy.
The Biden campaign said that the former vice president will lay out his “vision for rebuilding America’s middle class” at the Pittsburgh event. Then he’s scheduled to travel to the four states that vote first in the primary and caucus nominating calendar. They add that Biden will hold a rally in Philadelphia on May 18, likely at the city’s Museum of Art – known nationally for the scene of the fictional Rocky Balboa’s training on the museum’s steps in the movie “Rocky.”
The start and finish of his initial campaign swing in Pennsylvania is no surprise. The state – long a crucial battleground in presidential elections – was one of the key states Trump flipped in the 2016 election to help him capture the White House.