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Former US Vice President Joe Biden enters 2020 presidential race

File photo: Joe Biden. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Washington D.C., DC, USA Apr 25, 2019, 03.51 PM (IST)

Former US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday formally announced his entry into the race for the Democratic party's presidential nomination for the 2020 election.

"We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," Biden said in a stark video released online, calling on voters to deny Republican US President Donald Trump a second term in office. 

Also read: Big Democratic field taking shape for 2020 US presidential race

Biden, 76, had been wrestling for months over whether to run. His candidacy will face numerous questions, including whether he is too old and too centrist for a Democratic Party yearning for fresh faces and increasingly propelled by its more vocal liberal wing.

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Still, he starts as the leader of the pack in opinion polls of a Democratic field that now will total 20 contenders seeking the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee, in November 2020.

 

 

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'We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,' Biden said in a stark video released online, calling on voters to deny Republican US President Donald Trump a second term in office.