And it's the big one for Dems, the one we've been waiting for, good or bad. Former VP Joe Biden has officially announced his candidacy for president in 2020.
Biden leads off with Charlottesville, Virginia's white supremacist march and why it shocked the nation, a move that frankly I didn't expect from him.
“I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation,” Biden says in the video, showing images of the August 2017 protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Biden called those demonstrations “a defining moment” for the country.
“Our standing in the world, our very democracy — everything that’s made America America is at stake. That’s why I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
If anything, opening up with this is a clear message to voters in both parties, but Biden still has a ton of baggage to deal with and four decades of a problematic voting record.
Joe Biden's mission in the presidential bid he launched on Thursday is to prove he's not a man out of step with the times.
He must convince a Democratic Party pulsating with forces of youth, gender and racial diversity that is moving left on health care and college funding to ultimately turn to a traditional middle-of-the road nominee to take on President Donald Trump.
Biden is an aging white male, a physically expressive old-school pol with a nose for the ideological center who still believes a political opponent is not a blood enemy.
And his third try to finally reach the political summit comes at the one moment in American history when such qualities have turned into liabilities.
But Biden has one huge card to sell to Democrats desperate to oust Trump: He might be their best hope of beating the President, especially in the Midwestern, blue-collar heartland. And his experience and dignity could be the antidote to Trump's rage.
Biden enters the crowded primary after months of soul searching as a clear but not prohibitive front-runner.
Invoking America's better angels, Biden is offering experience and a character forged by tragedy to purge the scandals, lies and constitutional chicanery of the current President and to close the societal schisms he has widened.
Again, if Biden is the nominee, he'll have my support in 2020 because Donald Trump and the GOP can go to hell. If it takes Biden to get him out of there, great.