DEMOCRAT Joe Biden served as the US Vice President under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.
He is now in the running to become the Democrat candidate to run for the US presidency in 2020.
Is he running for President in 2020?
He posted a video on Twitter, writing: “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. #Joe2020”
This will be Biden’s third run for the presidency, after two unsuccessful attempts in 1988 and 2008.
Where is Joe Biden in the polls?
A July poll showed that Joe Biden continued to be the Democratic front runner.
An Emerson poll, taken across the US between July 27-29 put Biden on 33 per cent, a rise of three percentage points from the previous month.
He had a significant lead over his nearest rival Senator Bernie Sanders, who saw his support rise by five points to 20 per cent.
Senator Elizabeth Warren dropped a point to 14 per cent.
Senator Kamala Harris was down four points to 11 per cent.
The only other candidates above 3 per cent were Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 6% and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 4 per cent.
What did he say about ‘gay waiters’?
Joe Biden has sparked controversy again with an awkward remark about “gay waiters” at an LGBT event at the weekend.
He claimed that just five years ago in Washington State, if someone at a business meeting “made fun of a gay waiter” people would have let it go unchallenged.
It prompted a furious reaction in the crowd including from one person who shouted “Not in Seattle!”, reported CNN.
Mr Biden went on to say that if a speaker made the same homophobic comments today, “that person would not be invited back”.
He also boasted of supporting same sex marriage before Barack Obama, and hit out at the lack of legal protections for gay people who face discrimination at work.
How old is Joe Biden?
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr served as the 47th US Vice President to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.
He was born on November 20, 1942, making him 76 years old.
Biden became the sixth-youngest senator in US history after becoming an attorney in 1969.
He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008.
If his presidential bid is successful, Biden, 76, would become the oldest person to be elected president in US history.
Ronald Reagan, was 73 years, 274 days old at the time of his election to a second term.
He was 69 when first elected in 1981.
However, Biden is not the oldest candidate as Bernie Sanders, 77, is also in contention.
What has Donald Trump said about Joe Biden?
After hearing the news of Biden running for the 2020 election, Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
He tweeted: “Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign.
“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!”
In a Twitter message on July 6, Trump wrote: “Joe Biden is a reclamation project. Some things are just not salvageable.
“China and other countries that ripped us off for years are begging for him.
“He deserted our military, our law enforcement and our healthcare.
“Added more debt than all other Presidents combined. Won’t win!”
Then on August 11 the US President wrote on his page: “Joe Biden just said, “We believe in facts, not truth.” Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are “playing” in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”
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Is Joe Biden married?
The first of four siblings in a Catholic family, Pennsylvania-born Biden went on to have four children of his own, Joseph “Beau” Biden III, Robert Hunter and Naomi Christina with first wife Neilia Hunter, and Ashley Blazer with second wife Jill Tracy Jacobs.
Neilia, who he married in 1966, died in a road accident in 1972, along with their one year old daughter Naomi.
Oldest son Beau died in 2015 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
Joe married Jill in 1977 and their daughter was born in 1981.
His son Hunter wed in a secret ceremony on May 16, 2019, after splitting from the widow of his late brother Beau, TM reports.
He married South African Melissa Cohen after reportedly knowing her for a short time.