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Former US vice president Biden plans 2020 election run

Democrat is expected to make his announcement by video to end months of speculation about race with Donald Trump

Former US Vice President Joe Biden, who unsuccessfully ran for the top job in 1988 and 2008, will be hoping to make it third-time lucky as he announces his 2020 bid this week. AP 
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, who unsuccessfully ran for the top job in 1988 and 2008, will be hoping to make it third-time lucky as he announces his 2020 bid this week. AP 

Former US Vice President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday that he is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for the 2020 election, an insider said.

The senior Democrat, 76, a longtime senator who served for eight years under president Barack Obama, would join a field of almost 20 candidates seeking to defeat US President Donald Trump.

Mr Biden is expected to make his announcement by video to end months of speculation about whether he would challenge the incumbent president.

Next Monday, Mr Biden will meet with union workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a pivotal state that backed Mr Trump in 2016, the insider said.

He will then travel to all four early voting states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – in coming weeks, the source said, adding that details were still being completed.

Mr Biden unsuccessfully ran for the presidency in 1988 and 2008. He has faced questions in recent weeks after several women came forward to say he made them feel uncomfortable by touching them at political events.

He said he did not think he ever acted inappropriately but would be more mindful about his behaviour.

Updated: April 24, 2019 07:58 AM

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