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Joe Biden

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Twitter Followers: 6.9M

Running, 2020, Presidential Primary Election

July States
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47th Vice President of the United States (2009 - 2017)

2019


Quick Facts
Personal Details

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the last time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the surprise award with distinction, a rare additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

Biden was born in 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Mayfield, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in history and political science and received his law degree from the Syracuse University Law School. Biden practiced law and worked as a public defender before seeking public office.

From 1970 to 1972, Biden served on the New Castle County Council. He was elected to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate at the age of 29, receiving 58% of the vote to defeat incumbent Sen. James Caleb Boggs (R). Two weeks after the election, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident, which his two sons survived.

Biden served in the Senate from 1973 to 2009. During his Senate career, he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Foreign Relations for several years.

Biden launched his first presidential bid in 1987 but withdrew from the race. He launched a second presidential campaign in 2007, dropping out of the race following the 2008 Iowa caucuses, where he placed fifth. Then-candidate Barack Obama announced Biden was his choice for running mate in August 2008, and the pair won the general election. Biden served as vice president from 2009 to 2017.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Biden's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 1965: Graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in history and political science
  • 1968: Earned law degree from Syracuse University Law School
  • 1968-1970: Defense attorney in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970-1972: New Castle County Council member
  • 1973-2009: United States Senator representing Delaware
  • 2009-2017: United States Vice President under Barack Obama

Education

  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History/Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965

Professional Experience

  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History/Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965
  • Former Attorney/Public Defender
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law

Political Experience

  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History/Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965
  • Former Attorney/Public Defender
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 1988, 2008, 2020
  • Vice President, United States of America, 2008-2017
  • President, United States Senate, 2008-2017
  • Senator, United States Senate, 1972-2008
  • Member, New Castle County Council, 1970-1972

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Vice Chair, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly

Former Chair, White House Task Force on Working Families

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History/Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965
  • Former Attorney/Public Defender
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 1988, 2008, 2020
  • Vice President, United States of America, 2008-2017
  • President, United States Senate, 2008-2017
  • Senator, United States Senate, 1972-2008
  • Member, New Castle County Council, 1970-1972
  • Co-Founder/Former Board Co-Chair, The Biden Cancer Initiative
  • Co-Founder, The Biden Foundation
  • Founder, The Biden Institute at the University of Delaware
  • Founder, The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

Other Info

Astrological Sign:

Scorpio

— Awards:

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2017

Champion of the Rails 2001

Rail Leadership Award 2002

Current Car:

1967 Corvette

  • Joseph Biden Sr.

  • Car Salesman

Favorite Book:

American Gospel, Irish America

Favorite Food:

Pasta

Favorite Quote:

"History says, don't hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore is reachable from here. Believe in miracles and cures and healing wells."

  • - Seamus Heaney's "The Cure at Troy",
  • "I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its
  • military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our
  • purpose. . . . And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well."- John F. Kennedy, 1963.
  • First Car:

    Chevrolet Convertible

    First Job:

    Lifeguard

    Hobbies or Special Talents:

    Weightlifting, designing homes, sketching

    Names of Grandchildren:

    Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie, Robert Hunter

    • 5

    • 1 cat

    — Publications:

    • "Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope"
    • "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics"

    Spouse's Occupation:

    Community College Professor

    Elections

    2020

    Presidency

    An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Biden announced that he was running for president on April 25, 2019.

    2016

    Presidency

    Although Biden hinted that he was considering a run for president in 2016 in several interviews, he announced that he would not seek the office of President of the United States on October 21, 2015. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill Biden and President Barack Obama by his side, Biden said, "As my family and I have worked through the grieving process. I’ve said all along that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. I’ve concluded it has closed."

    In July 2013, Biden said, "I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America, but it doesn't mean I won't run." Biden later said in an interview on February 7, 2014, "There’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run."

    President Barack Obama commented on Biden and Hillary Clinton when asked to compare them, stating, "both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents, and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents." Fourteen vice presidents have become president, but only four were directly elected after serving as vice president.

    2012

    Vice Presidency

    Biden won re-election in 2012 as vice president of the United States on a ticket with Barack Obama.

    U.S. presidential election, 2012

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarack Obama/Joe Biden Incumbent 51.3% 65,899,660 332
    Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan 47.4% 60,932,152 206
    Libertarian Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 1% 1,275,804 0
    Green Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala 0.4% 469,501 0
    Total Votes 128,577,117 538
    Election results via: FEC official election results

    Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Roseanne Barr, Rocky Anderson, Thomas Hoefling, Jerry Litzel, Jeff Boss, Merlin Miller, Randall Terry, Jill Reed, Richard Duncan, Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin, Barbara Washer, Tom Stevens, Virgil Goode, Will Christensen, Stewart Alexander, James Harris, Jim Carlson, Sheila Tittle, Peta Lindsay, Gloria La Riva, Jerry White, Dean Morstad and Jack Fellure.

    2008

    Vice Presidency

    Biden won the 2008 election as vice president of the United States on a ticket with Barack Obama.

    U.S. presidential election, 2008

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarack Obama/Joe Biden 53% 69,498,516 365
    Republican John McCain/Sarah Palin 45.7% 59,948,323 173
    Peace and Freedom Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez 0.6% 739,034 0
    Libertarian Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root 0.4% 523,715 0
    Constitution Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle 0.2% 199,750 0
    Green Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente 0.1% 161,797 0
    Total Votes 131,071,135 538
    Election results via: Archives.gov official election results


    Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Alan Keyes, Ron Paul, Gloria La Riva, Brian Moore, Roger Calero, Richard Duncan, James Harris, Charles Jay, John Joseph Polachek, Frank Edward McEnulty, Jeffrey J. Wamboldt, Thomas Robert Stevens, Gene C. Amondson, Jeffrey Jeff Boss, George Phillies, Ted Weill, Jonathan E. Allen and Bradford Lyttle.

    Full history


    Policy Positions

    2020

    Abortion

    Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
    - Pro-choice

    Budget

    1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
    - Yes

    Education

    Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
    - Unknown Position

    Energy & Environment

    1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
    - Yes

    Guns

    Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
    - Yes

    Health Care

    Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
    - No

    Campaign Finance

    Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
    - Yes

    Economy

    1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
    - No

    Immigration

    1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
    - No

    2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
    - No

    National Security

    1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
    - Unknown Position

    2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
    - Yes

    Trade

    Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
    - Unknown Position

    Defense

    Do you support increasing defense spending?
    - Yes

    Articles

    A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites

    May 29, 2020

    In his half-century in national politics, Joe Biden has committed more than his fair share of gaffes. Wednesday, he confused Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941, with D-Day, June 6, 1944. The more serious recent gaffe, a beaut, came at the close of a recent contentious interview with black activist Charlamagne tha God. A miffed Biden signed off, saying, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." Biden was saying that no self-respecting black American would vote for Trump over him this November. Indeed, any such individual would have been labeled in the 1960s with the slur Uncle Tom. As Biden put it, if you're for Trump, "you ain't black." Recognizing the damage he may have done with his own and his party's most loyal constituency, which might object to being taken for granted as knee-jerk Democratic voters, Biden's staff put in a hasty call to a gathering of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. There, Biden burbled full apologies: "I would never take the African American community for granted. ... I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. ... No one should have to vote for any party based on their race or religion or background." He had just been kidding. Now, as a gaffe, this was not of the magnitude of James G. Blaine's failure to object when a friendly Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Sam Burchard, rose to disparage the New York Irish Blaine had been courting as being "the Party of Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion." In 1884, that slur soured Catholics on Blaine, helping to cost him New York's state's electoral votes and the White House. Thanks to Burchard, Grover Cleveland would become the only Democrat to win the presidency in the half-century between 1860 and 1912. Biden's gaffe and Burchard's slur have this in common: Both manifest a measure of condescension toward a large bloc of voters. Hillary Clinton did something similar in 2016. At a closed-door gathering of contributors, she volunteered, to their amusement, that half of all Trump's voters belong in a "basket of deplorables" for being "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic." Their pathologies are part of their character, Clinton was saying. And while many were "irredeemable," fortunately, they are "not America." During the 2008 Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama was guilty of the same elitist condescension when he told a San Francisco gathering of gay right advocates why he was not doing well in the Keystone State: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Hard times have curdled the character of these folks, Obama was saying, turning them into bigots and Bible-and-gun nuts. The people of whom he was speaking would deliver Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and the nation to Donald Trump in 2016. As for Biden's remark, "No one should have to vote for any party based on their race or religion or background," it is surely true. But while not mandatory to support someone of the same race, ethnicity gender or faith, it is naive to deny that identity and tribalism are realities in the politics of this nation. Was it not the possibility that he could become the first Catholic president why JFK won four of five Catholic votes in 1960? Was the 95-4 thumping of John McCain by Obama among African Americans not due to the fact that Obama was the first African American nominated by a major party? Much of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign focused on "shattering the glass ceiling." Did not Clinton see her gender as a primary political asset in winning "the women's vote"? And, what, other than a naked appeal to gender, was behind Biden's declaration during the primaries that, in picking a running mate, he would exclude all white men, indeed, all men, and select a woman? And what, other than an appeal to black and female voters was behind Biden's pledge to name a black woman to the Supreme Court? Biden is now under pressure to choose not only a woman, but a woman of color, an African American, such as Sen. Kamala Harris of California or Georgia activist Stacey Abrams as his running mate. It tells us something about where American politics is going that, to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency, Biden, a white male vice president, like all his predecessors, has now ruled out any white man in selecting his own vice president. Biden's message to Middle America: This may have been your country, but no more. Get used to it. Which might explain why Trump did so well with white men in 2016. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

    Joe Biden's Inconvenient Democratic Truth: 'You Ain't Black'

    May 27, 2020

    Why did Joe Biden feel the need to offer contrition after his "you ain't black" comments directed at black voters who might dare vote for President Donald Trump? Wasn't he just telling the Democratic Party's inconvenient truth on matters of race and identity politics? The former vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate did make noises that sounded like some sort of apology. He said he was too "cavalier" and acted like a "wiseguy." But it wasn't a real apology. Still, he had to at least make those sounds of contrition, after telling African American voters that if they don't support him "then you ain't black." You ain't black? Yes, it's racist. But no more racist than Biden using that same ridiculous fake Southern accent of his to tell black voters that Republican Mitt Romney would enslave them. "Put y'all back in chains," Biden said in 2012. He's not alone in using accents when talking down to people. Hillary Clinton did the same. There's nothing quite like an old white liberal telling black people what to think and how to behave. But satire here is ill-advised. And irony died years ago. Many on the left condemned Biden's remarks. But not all. Some pundits who write exclusively about race and nothing else seemed to avoid it. And others just reached for another steaming platter of Orange Man Bad rather than deal with Biden's "you ain't black." It's natural for humans to avoid pain. The lesson from all of this is that what came from Biden's witless lips is the Democratic Party's most inconvenient truth: Minorities must think and vote the way they're told by the Democratic Party. And if they don't, they're demeaned, ridiculed as traitors to their race or ethnicity or their gender. There is nothing new about this. It's been going on for years. Women who don't support abortion, or who might support the appointment of a conservative Supreme Court justice are demeaned. The distinguished economist Thomas Sowell was also demeaned as was Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Jr. for daring to think freely. Black conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has also been demeaned for decades, although now I just can't wait to see his documentary, "Uncle Tom." Sometimes the Thought Police enforcers are rough-spoken politicians. Often, they are the angry white social justice warriors of the rabid Twitter Left or some high priest of the punditocracy. Sometimes the enforcers are university intellectuals. Others are loudmouth slobs. Yet no matter who they are, the message is the same. Obey or be shamed. Biden reveals the Democratic Party lash, which separates Americans into herdable groups for votes, based on skin pigment or gender. The lash is there to shame the old and teach the young a lesson about pain to come. Years ago, I knew a young African American politician from Chicago who was campaigning for a South Side congressional seat against a do-nothing hack. The young candidate was well-spoken. He was progressive, he studied law at Harvard, and on paper he should have won. But he was stained by repeated accusations that he just wasn't black enough. White Democrats didn't do this to him. Black Democrats did it. Barack Obama never forgot it. "There's no one way to be black. Take it from somebody who's seen both sides of debate about whether I'm black enough," said President Obama in a 2016 commencement address at Howard University. He knew the sting of it. He was Biden's boss for eight years. Wasn't it Biden who once said Obama was clean and articulate? He should have paid attention. Biden made his comments while a guest on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" hosted by Charlamagne tha God. Biden was pressed about daring to consider Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate when other African American politicians were also available. Biden was in his basement, doing a remote. It was so painful, his handlers tried to cut it short before disaster happened. They failed. "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden said. I thought of Biden's handlers and a scene from "Hardcore" an otherwise forgettable film starring the great actor George C. Scott. Scott plays a strict fundamentalist Christian whose daughter has run away and disappeared. He hires a private eye, who finds the daughter starring in porn movies. What is memorable is Scott's character watching his daughter's porn films, pleading with the private eye to turn it off. "Turn it off? Turn it off. Turn it OFF! TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OOOOOFFF!" And that's what Biden's handlers must have been shouting as Biden revealed himself to Charlamagne tha God, "turn it off ... turn it off!!!" But it was too late. You can't unhear it. They tried to spin their way out of it, with some saying it was in "jest." And Trump jumped on it with both feet, his campaign issuing #youain'tblack T-shirts to black political volunteers. Liberal heads exploded. Black Republicans grabbed the issue to pound Biden. And black Democrats seized it to leverage their African American candidates for Biden's running mate. Somewhere, I imagine Klobuchar crying over Biden's remarks. But if indeed she wept, whether they were tears of relief, or not, who can say?   (C) 2020 TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

    Biden Lays Memorial Wreath in First Public Event Since Virus

    May 25, 2020

    Joe Biden emerged Monday from his stay-at-home lockdown after more than 10 weeks to mark Memorial Day with a tribute to veterans. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, visited the Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial Bridge to lay a wreath of white roses. Both wore black masks over their mouths and noses. Biden’s wearing of personal protective gear stood in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has made a show of flouting local standards by skipping a mask at events outside the White House. The visit was Biden’s first public trip since he said he would abide by the state’s coronavirus rules and the advice of health experts. He and his wife placed a wreath of white roses and stood solemnly for a moment or two of silence before walking back toward their car. “It feels good to be out of my house,” he told reporters. He also shouted “thanks for your service” and saluted some veterans standing about 50 feet away. “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, ever forget,” he said. Since his last public appearance on March 12, he’s secured the Democratic nomination and begun shifting into general election mode, appearing on television and livestreams from his Wilmington home. When he interacts with anyone other than his wife Jill -- including Secret Service and campaign staff -- he wears a mask and gloves and maintains social distance. While Biden is just beginning to negotiate appearances outside of his home as the rates of coronavirus cases and deaths slow across much of the country, Trump is picking up the pace of his travel beyond the White House grounds. He’s begun making weekly trips to battleground states to see virus relief efforts and spent Saturday and Sunday on the links at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. Biden has led Trump in recent national polls. He was up by six points in a Fox News poll conducted May 17-20 and by 11 points in a Quinnipiac University poll conducted May 14-18. Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/

    Events

    2020

    Mar. 10
    Cleveland, OH: Campaign Event with Joe Biden

    Tue 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland, OH

    Mar. 9
    Detroit, MI: Get Out the Vote Event with Joe Biden

    Mon 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

    Renaissance High School Detroit, MI

    Mar. 8
    Jackson, MS: Get Out The Vote Event w/ Joe Biden & Vivica A. Fox

    Sun 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

    Jackson, Mississippi Jackson, MS