Joe Biden is a moderate in a pool of Democratic candidates with a progressive agenda. Will he make it?
Joe Biden has been a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination even before he launched his campaign. This morning he posted a video on Twitter making it official: he’s running again and holds the lead. After two unsuccessful runs (in 1988 and in 2008), Biden had garnered much support from the time he served as Vice-president during the Obama administration.
His announcement was made on Twitter, where he declared: “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen. The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy – everything that has made America America – is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
Biden is considered a moderate, and polls show him as the top candidate among all the Democrats seeking their party’s nomination against Donald Trump.
Biden now competes against a long list of candidates, from social democrat Bernie Sanders to millennial, Afghanistan veteran, gay, Christian, intellectual Peter Buttigieg.
While many of the current candidates have shown a sharp shift towards the Left (like Sanders demanding Medicare for all, Elizabeth Warren proposal to cancel student debt, and Julián Castro planning for a path towards citizenship for Dreamers), Biden represents a more moderate position. But is this what the country needs right now? The GOP is increasingly siding with far-right propositions, and there’s a climate of hate coming from the White House, so is moderation supposed to get the country out of this Trump nightmare? He certainly seems to believe so.
With about twenty candidates as of today, Democrats and voters need to ask themselves: what is the best way to beat Trump? A moderate like Biden or a strong progressive candidate? Perhaps even Biden needs to ask himself this question.
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