Joe Biden Seeks Nomination for President
Joe Biden Runs For President and Donald Trump Responds
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden entered the crowded field of candidates recently vying for the job President Donald Trump now holds. Biden is hoping the third time will be a charm as he previously ran twice for the oval office.
Some members of the Democratic Party speculated the former Delaware Senator waited four years too late. The same has been said about one of his top rivals Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Republican President Donald Trump tweeted the following welcome to Biden, "Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. It will be nasty. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign."
Trump further said, "You will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick and demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!"
Joe Biden Claims to be 'Obama-Biden' Democrat
When asked what kind of Democrat he was, Biden responded, "I am an Obama-Biden Democrat."
Evidently hoping to claim a connection to the powerful former President Barack Obama, Biden referred to the eight years he served as Vice-President. Obama has not endorsed either Biden any other Democrat.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reacts To Joe Biden Candidacy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said recently "she will support whoever the Democratic nominee is, "but a candidacy featuring Biden "doesn't particularly animate me."
The 29-year old political phenomenon is six years too young to make her own run for the presidency yet. But the leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party had definite feelings about a Biden presidency. She said, "I understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama's vice president. There's an emotional element to that, but I don't want to go back. I want to go forward."
She made the comments during an interview with Yahoo News' Skullduggery podcast.
Who Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Support?
While she's not a Biden, supporter, who does AOC like? An early disciple of Bernie Sanders during his 2016 run against Hillary Clinton, she still likes Sanders. She said, "I'm very supportive of Bernie's run. I haven't endorsed anybody, but I'm very supportive of Bernie. I also think what Elizabeth Warren has been bringing to the table is truly remarkable, truly remarkable and transformational."
AOC Group Opposes Biden
A liberal group that helps boost candidates like Ocasio-Cortez, attacked Biden, saying, "The old guards of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can't be counted on to lead the fight against his divide-and-conquer pollitics today. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016."
Called the Justice Democrats, the group further said, "......we can't let a so-called centrist like Joe Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of 'No, we can't.'"
The group issued the statement on the heels of Biden issuing a video announcing his candidacy Thursday.
Justice Democrats Predict War
The Justice Democrats called Biden's candidacy a compromise with President Trump and corporate America. Waleed Shahid, communications director for Justice Democrats, said in an interview with Politico, "There is going to be a war within the party. We are going to lean into it."
The group has supported progressives such as Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Talib.
Biden's Third Run For Presidency
Biden's first run for president came to a halt among charges of plagiarism. He allegedly borrowed words from a British politician without providing attribution in a speech. He was also accused of plagiarism in regard to a school paper he wrote.
His second run failed when he made some remarks about then Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign. Ironically, Obama would later name Biden as his number two man.
Despite a recent controversy in which several women made accusations against Biden, the former Delaware Senator sits stop many of the Democratic polls alongside Bernie Sanders. Many observers believe a real horse-race could develop between the Vermont Senator and Biden. Biden has more name recognition than any of his rivals as he has been in politics for decades. The former Delaware politician also has the most experience at age 77. With his time in Washington, he has built a strong cadre of supporters.
Kamala Harris Poses Problems for Biden
California's junior senator Kamala Harris will be difficult for Biden to overcome. Besides espousing most of the same liberal positions as AOC, Ellizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, she represents delegate-rich California. Born in Oakland, California, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office before being elected District Attorney. Her ascendancy has been rapid as she was elected California's Attorney General in 2010 and reelected in 2014. In 2016 she won a special election to replace Barbara Boxer as senator.
Harris supports Medicare-for-all, legalization of recreational marijuana, sanctuary cities, a Dream Act and lowering taxes for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest 1 per cent of Americans.
Born on October 20, 1964 to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father, she is poised to win the nomination if the better known candidates such as Biden, Warren and Sanders deal mortal wounds to each other.
Several observers have remarked it will probably take a long time to nominate someone as the Democratic Convention will be divided.
Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor while her mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who immigrated to the United States from Madras.
Her name, Kamala, comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower.
Elizabeth Warren Attacks Biden On Credit Cards
Warren could still win the nomination despite the fact many observers say she should've run against Hillary Clinton four years ago. She wasted no time attacking Biden, saying,"I got into fight because families just didn't have anyone and Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies. It's all a matter of public record."
Bernie Sanders Criticizes Biden
Bernie Sanders followers asked for donations in the wake of Biden's entrance into the fray. "There are a lot of candidates in this race right now. But there's only one Bernie Sanders. You know that," said Faiz Shakir, his Vermont campaign manager. Biden's name was mentioned twice in an effort to raise more money.
Biden-Sanders Fight At the Starting Gate
Right now, the two who top the polls are Biden and Sanders. They're both white men in their 70s. And they've both been Senators. One of these two men could win the nomination if the convention were held today. What are the differences?
Biden supports Obamacare. Sanders wants a single-payer system.
Sanders opposed the TPP trade agreement. Biden backed it.
Sanders is calling for a revolution while Biden seeks a political restoration project.
It is a full out Armageddon between Biden and Sanders which could weaken them enough for a Kamala Harris to slip past and claim the nomination. Many expect there will be no winner on the first ballot at the convention.
The longer the war continues between Biden and Sanders, the better the chance for someone like Harris or Mayor Pete Buttligieg to sneak past on a later ballot to seize the trophy.
In a strange way, Sanders and Biden can use each other to raise more money. Sanders claims Biden isn't liberal enough. Biden alleges Sanders is too liberal. This wrestling match can benefit both the leaders as long as they don't destroy each other in the process
Biden Strong In Polls
Despite all the attacks aimed at Biden,he remains strong in the polls. His 75 per cent favorability rating among Democrats in a recent poll from Morning Consult survey indicates he's the frontrunner. Biden's strategy is to avoid stumbling coming out of the gate in the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses. He wants to be the unifying candidate if at all possible and avoid a war with Bernie and Warren.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Sanders Can Take Lead
The easiest way for Sanders to defeat Biden would be to upset him in Iowa and destroy him in New Hampshire. In 2016, Sanders upset Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire to place her nomination in jeopardy. History would then be on Sanders side. Only Bill Clinton lost those two states and still won the Democratic nomination.
Edward Lane (author) from Wichita Falls, Texas on February 22, 2020:
Thanks for the kind words!
Brad on April 28, 2019:
Well done article. And I like the format much like predicting horse race odds.
"Called the Justice Democrats, the group further said, "......we can't let a so-called centrist like Joe Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of 'No, we can't.'"
AOC and her supporters and she has accomplished only one thing and that is winning district 14 in NYC. And she only did that because of the redistricting that brought the Latinos to 49% of the district.
Do you really think that the rest of the 8 million in NYC care about Climate Control?
While her supporters say they don't want the party into the No, we can't. That democrats for the last 3 years has been the party of NO you can't Trump. While doing nothing for America or Americans or even legal immigrants.
And that is the experience and what Kamala Harris brings to the race. If you want a president that will turn America into California then she is your pick. Especially if you are an illegal aliens, a bums, homeless or a drug addict. Free needles and a personal poop cleanup thanks to the government.
Governor Jerry Brown was her mentor, and he and Obama went into the High Speed Rail project over 8 years ago. When the new democrat for California Gary Newsom came in, he said I am killing the High Speed Rail and gave reasons. And he also said, I am not giving back any of the federal money we got for this project.
That is the democrat party, failure followed by arrogance.