Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Joe Biden tells supporters he is running for president, per WSJ

Joe Biden tells supporters he is running for president, per WSJ

There's also a sense among some Democrats that Biden's appeal with working-class white voters in the Rust Belt would make up for weaknesses that cost Hillary Clinton the White House in 2016.

In a resurfaced video from a 1983 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Biden blasted packing the Supreme Court as a "bonehead idea", The Washington Free Beacon first reported.

Biden has told supporters and former staff that he will run, according to one source who has knowledge of discussions. It's unclear how Biden himself feels about the plan.

The leaders noted that Biden's foreign policy track record and longtime commitment to the transatlantic alliance would be a sure way to fix the damage done by President Donald Trump's policy of disengagement, the report said.

Biden all but gave away his plans last weekend when he spoke at a fundraiser in his home state of Delaware.

While Biden has not formally revealed if he will run for president, he has been polling as the top contender for the Democratic nomination, though his age and his race are seen as a drawback by the left wing of the party.

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The former vice president under President Obama, and critic of Trump, has flirted with the idea of running for months.

Public opinion polls have him as an early favorite, with almost every measure of early support showing him leading. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by eight percentage points with 35 percent support among Democratic primary voters.

Waiting until after March 31 to announce his bid will allow Biden to avoid an April 15 deadline for candidates to submit fundraising disclosures about how much money they have raised so far.

O'Rourke reportedly raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his candidacy, while Sanders raised $5.9 million within a day of announcing.

The delay in launching also could be to allow Biden time to secure staff.

A spokesman for Biden, Bill Russo, declined to comment.

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