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U.S. Politics

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Joe Biden's political past
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a moderate who has made his appeal to working-class voters who deserted the Democrats in 2016 a key part of his political identity, launched a bid for the White House on Thursday as the party's instant frontrunner.

Biden announced the third presidential bid of his career by video on YouTube and other social media, drawing a stark contrast between himself and President Donald Trump in a contest he said was a fight for the future of American democracy.

"We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," he said. "I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But 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 let that happen."
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April 09, 1993
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks to reporters in front of a Danish U.N. armoured personnel carrier at the...
Sarajevo, Bosnia
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks to reporters in front of a Danish Army armoured personnel carrier at the...
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks to reporters in front of a Danish U.N. armoured personnel carrier at the airport in Sarajevo, Bosnia April 9, 1993. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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January 14, 1999
U.S. President Bill Clinton talks with Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del) at a meeting with law enforcement...
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CLINTON TALKS WITH SENATOR BIDEN.
U.S. President Bill Clinton talks with Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del) at a meeting with law enforcement officers at the Alexandria, Virginia, police station January 14, just hours before his impeachment trial began in the U.S. Senate. House Prosecutors began laying out the case against President Clinton, the first President to face impeachment trial in 131 years. Biden is one of the 100 jurors in the Senate trial.

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September 12, 2005
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Ma) (L) and Senator Joe Biden (D-De) confer during the first day of Judge...
Washington, USA
Senators Kennedy and Biden confer on first day of Roberts Supreme Court confirmation hearings in Washington....
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Ma) (L) and Senator Joe Biden (D-De) confer during the first day of Judge John Roberts' Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 12, 2005. The U.S. Senate opened its first Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 11 years on Monday with Chief Justice nominee Roberts ready to explain his judicial beliefs and background to Republicans and Democrats. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque JRB/CN
USA-POLITICS/BIDEN
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November 27, 2007
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks with supporters during a campaign stop...
ALLISON, UNITED STATES
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks with supporters during a campaign stop...
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks with supporters during a campaign stop at the Public Library in Allison, Iowa November 27, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES)
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August 27, 2008
Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) smiles while addressing the 2008 Democratic...
Denver, UNITED STATES
Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee U.S. Senator Biden addresses the 2008 Democratic National Convention...
Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) smiles while addressing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
USA-POLITICS/OBAMA
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August 23, 2008
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) waves with his vice presidential running...
Springfield, UNITED STATES
Barack Obama waves at campaign event with his vice presidential running mate Senator Joe Biden in Springfield...
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) waves with his vice presidential running mate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, August 23, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
USA-POLITICS/DEBATE
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October 02, 2008
Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee...
St. Louis, UNITED STATES
Vice presidential nominees Biden and Palin smile as they chat onstage at the end of their vice presidential...
Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) smile as they chat onstage at the end of their vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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August 28, 2008
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) hugs his son Beau Biden (R), after...
Denver, UNITED STATES
Senator Joe Biden hugs his son Beau Biden after being introduced by his son at the 2008 Democratic National...
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) hugs his son Beau Biden (R), after being introduced by his son at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008. Democrats nominated Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on Wednesday as their presidential candidate in a historic first for a black American, sending him into battle against Republican John McCain. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
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August 28, 2008
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) turns away to wipe his tears after...
Denver, UNITED STATES
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Biden turns away to wipe his tears at the 2008 Democratic...
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) turns away to wipe his tears after being introduced by his son at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 27, 2008. Democrats nominated Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) on Wednesday as their presidential candidate in a historic first for a black American, sending him into battle against Republican John McCain. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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November 07, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures with Vice President Joe Biden after his election night victory speech...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures with Vice President Joe Biden after his election night victory speech...
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures with Vice President Joe Biden after his election night victory speech in Chicago, November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS)
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January 20, 2009
Joseph Biden (L), takes the Oath of Office with wife Jill holding the family bible as Vice President...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Vice President Joseph Biden takes the Oath of Office with wife Jill holding the family bible at the U.S....
Joseph Biden (L), takes the Oath of Office with wife Jill holding the family bible as Vice President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2009. Barack Obama became the first black U.S. president on Tuesday and declared it is time to set aside petty differences and embark on a new era of responsibility to repair the country and its image abroad. REUTERS/Chuck Kennedy/Pool
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February 08, 2011
Vice President Joseph Biden talks on a mobile phone after boarding an Amtrak train at Union Station in...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Biden talks on a mobile phone after boarding Amtrak train at Union Station in Washington...
Vice President Joseph Biden talks on a mobile phone after boarding an Amtrak train at Union Station in Washington, to travel to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia February 8, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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August 24, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force Two at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo...
Tokyo, Japan
U.S. Vice President Biden waves as he boards Air Force Two at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo...
Vice President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force Two at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo August 24, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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October 12, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden (L) makes a point in front of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan...
Danville, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Biden makes a point in front of Republican vice presidential nominee Ryan and moderator...
Vice President Joe Biden (L) makes a point in front of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and moderator Martha Raddatz (C) during the vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky, October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
LITHUANIA
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March 18, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden is seen in a plane window after landing in Vilnius, Lithuania. REUTERS/Ints...
Vilnius, Lithuania
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is seen in a plane window after landing in Vilnius
Vice President Joe Biden is seen in a plane window after landing in Vilnius, Lithuania. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
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January 29, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden grabs the arm of House Speaker John Boehner as President Barack Obama delivers...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Biden grabs arm of House Speaker Boehner during President Obama's State of the Union...
Vice President Joe Biden grabs the arm of House Speaker John Boehner as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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August 04, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden talks about rooting out corruption as he addresses a civil society forum during...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Biden talks about rooting out corruption as he addresses a civil society forum during the U.S.-Africa...
Vice President Joe Biden talks about rooting out corruption as he addresses a civil society forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
USA-BIDEN/AWARD
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October 18, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden gestures to the audience to sit down while receiving applause after being given...
New York, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures to the audience to sit down while receiving applause after being...
Vice President Joe Biden gestures to the audience to sit down while receiving applause after being given the Athenagoras Human Rights Award from The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in Manhattan, New York October 17, 2015. At left is Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos Panagopoulos. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz
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August 04, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden stands behind reporters as President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Biden stands behind reporters as President Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban make...
Vice President Joe Biden stands behind reporters as President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon make statements after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., United States August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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June 06, 2015
Vice President Joseph Biden places his hand on his heart as the casket of his son is carried into the...
Wilmington, UNITED STATES
Vice President Joseph Biden places his hand on his heart as the casket of his son is carried into the...
Vice President Joseph Biden places his hand on his heart as the casket of his son is carried into the church before a funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
USA-ELECTION/BIDEN
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October 21, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden announces he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination during...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S. Vice President Biden announces his he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination...
Vice President Joe Biden announces he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination during an appearance with his wife Jill (R) in Rose Garden of the White House in Washington October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
USA-POLITICS/CLINTON
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August 15, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from...
Scranton, UNITED STATES
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from...
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from Air Force Two for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller
USA-ELECTION/BIDEN
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March 13, 2019
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden poses for a selfie after addressing the International Association...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Joe Biden speaks to fire fighters in Washington
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden poses for a selfie after addressing the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington, U.S., March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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