Biden will enter the Democratic primary Wednesday – Washington Examiner
Former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his 2020 presidential campaign next week, according to a new report.
Biden, who in recent days has been accused of inappropriate touching by nearly a dozen women, will unveil his candidacy via video Wednesday, the Atlantic reports. The magazine says he’s called big donors and hired senior staffers while interviewing candidates for other positions.
Biden reportedly doesn’t think the Democratic primary will be as challenging as many expect. “He sees a clear path down the middle of the party, especially with Bernie Sanders occupying a solid 20 percent of the progressive base, and most of the other candidates fighting for the rest,” the Atlantic says. “[H]e’s decided that he isn’t too old, isn’t too out of sync with the current energy in the Democratic Party, and certainly wasn’t going to be chased out by the women who accused him of making them feel uncomfortable or demeaned because of how he’d touched them.”
Biden’s announcement video will include footage from his old family home in Scranton, Pa., but the former vice president, who served under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, is still considering where he’ll launch his campaign. The Atlantic says the possibilities include “the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famous for the training montage from ‘Rocky,'” and Charlottesville, Va., where he would remind voters of President Trump’s comments about a deadly neo-Nazi march held there in August 2017.
Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.
Polling data suggest that Biden would be a front-runner in the Democratic race. A Morning Consult survey released Tuesday gave Biden 31 percent support among registered Democrats, ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 23 percent. The poll surveyed more than 12,000 registered Democrats from April 8 to 14.
An Emerson poll released Monday put Sanders in the lead, however, with 29 percent support from registered voters compared with Biden’s 24 percent. That poll was conducted from April 11 to 14 with a sample size of 356.
Nearly 20 candidates have announced they are running in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Biden faces accusations of inappropriate touching from multiple women, including former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who says Biden gave her an unwelcome kiss on the back of her head at a campaign rally in 2014.
Biden has defended his behavior and said he plans to “remain the strongest advocate I can be for the rights of women.”