Joe Biden will announce next week he is running for president, likely grabbing pole position in a crowded Democratic field eager to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, US media reported Friday.
Biden, the veteran politico who has sought the White House twice before and served as Barack Obama’s vice president, will make it official with a video to be released Wednesday, according to several outlets.
NBC News and other American media reported that the long time Delaware senator’s decision was all but a formality — after he sat out 2016 as he mourned the death of his son Beau from cancer.
Biden, 76, will join the race as its predominant centrist at a time in which many in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, including rivals for the nomination, have embraced liberal policies like universal health care.
Several strategists see Biden as the down-to-earth Democrat with star power who connects with working class voters like those who abandoned Hillary Clinton for Trump in 2016.
In a Real Clear Politics poll released Tuesday, Biden led with 31 percent support among people asked about who they like in the Democratic primary elections, followed by self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders at 23.
Some way behind, Kamala Harris of California, young Texas upstart Beto O’Rourke and rising star Pete Buttigieg were battling it out for third place — with nine, eight and seven percent respectively.
Biden has been leading in other polls too in recent days.
Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence
On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.
Conservative newspaper hilariously trolls Trump about his failure to build any new border wall
The conservative Washington Examiner trolled President Donald Trump for his failure to construct any new border barricade during his 30 months in office.
On Monday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter for not giving him positive coverage for his wall, which he erroneously claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
The Examiner replied to Trump on Twitter, posting an article headlined, "Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office."
Here’s how a new study implies the Supreme Court has killed 16,000 people since 2012
A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked into the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to people below 138 percent of the poverty line, which has seen nearly 15 million people enrolled in participating states. The results were encouraging: the mortality rate for near-elderly adults has dropped over 9 percent in the four years for which data is available.
But while this is cause for celebration, The Atlantic staff writer Annie Lowrey offered a darker take on the implications of these numbers: