Joe Biden to announce his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday

Yet privately, Trump allies have warned that Biden might be the biggest re-election threat given the former vice-president's potential appeal among the white working class in the Midwest, the region that gave Trump a path to the presidency.

Shortly after Biden's announcement, a source familiar with Obama's thinking said he was "unlikely" to endorse this early, noting that the 44th president believed the robust primary debate in the run-up to 2008 had shaped him into a better candidate.

Lara Trump dismissed Biden's message as "race-baiting as usual, as we see from the Democrats, and identity politics is something I think we'll see more of". If Hillary Clinton was the cookie-cutter career politician, Joe Biden is the gaffe-prone but gregarious career politician. If he were to be elected this time, he would be 78 years old when taking office, which would make him the oldest president-elect in USA history.

The veteran DE senator and two-term vice president in the Obama administration has rivaled Sen.

Biden's announcement video focused on the 2017 clash between protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, during which Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides.

And his fire and passion - he said in 2018 he could "beat the hell out of" Trump - could tap into the country's fractious energy and bolster the case that he is best positioned to defeat the president.

"They're gonna have to hit him".

"While we're going to support the Democratic nominee, we can't let a so-called "centrist" like Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of 'No, we can't, '" said Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas in a statement. That's when things got awkward.

The former vice president is the only candidate in the race to have voted in favor of the Iraq war.

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After that bid he spent time rising through the Senate ranks, eventually becoming chairman of the judiciary and foreign relations committees. Multiple women have come forward with Biden stories, not only giving easy campaign fodder to Trump's camp, but presenting a serious, worthy social issue that the Democrat and his fans must acknowledge and fix.

Biden remains popular for the Democratic base, especially among older, moderate and African-American voters, whose mobilization could play an important role in the race.

Biden, 76, starts out of the gate as the front-runner of the now 20-strong Democratic field, according to polls.

Growing up, he was hampered by a stutter so bad he was cruelly nicknamed "Dash".

"Biden has seen his support drop".

Flores, a former Nevada state legislator, said she wants to force a discussion of how powerful men treat women, even as she affirms that her recollections of a 2014 encounter with Biden don't involve touching of a sexual or violent nature.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1972, at just 29 years old.

Biden took his Senate oath of office at the boys' hospital bedside, then for years commuted by train daily from Washington so he could be home each night with them and, from 1977, his second wife Jill. His son, Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015.

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