Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially entered the race for the Democratic nomination to be president.
Biden announced his candidacy this morning with a three-minute campaign video that largely focused on the race riots in Charlottesville.
A source close to Biden tells CBS news — that was when he decided to run.
Biden’s video appeared more like a general election campaign than a race for the primary. He went after president Trump – not any other Democrat.
President Trump punched back on Twitter calling him “sleepy Joe” and warned the vice president not to over look his primary campaign saying: “It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, i will see you at the starting gate!”
At 76, Biden is one year younger than 77-year-old Bernie Sanders. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the youngest Democratic candidate at 37.
We wanted to turn to KOLR10’s political analyst Brian Calfano for more insight into Biden entering the race. He says this is the best position Biden has ever been in — to make a run for the White House….
“He has a lot of folks in the Democratic Party who owe him favors for all the endorsements that he’s given in the last several years, particularly in the 8 years he was vice president. He also has his time as Barack Obama’s vice president, his loyal second in command for those 8 years. That endeared him to a lot of Democrats. And Biden does really well with older white men, especially those with blue collar backgrounds and with labor unions,” Calfano said.
However, Calfano says some things working against Biden are his age in a party that is trending more young and diverse.
Brian also mentions the allegations of inappropriate behavior women have made against Biden.