- Joe Biden is officially running for president, according to people familiar with the matter who told The Atlantic and the Associated Press.
- The former Vice President will kick off his campaign as early as next Wednesday.
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Biden will kick off his campaign with an official video announcement next Wednesday, according to The Atlantic, and will incorporate footage from his old family home in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The 76-year-old Biden faces a crowded Democratic primary but will likely enter the race as a frontrunner. A top aide to Biden visited Capitol Hill earlier this week to meet with Democratic chiefs of staff for a possible 2020 run, sources told INSIDER.
The announcement comes after several women accused Biden of inappropriately touching them. In response to the allegations, Biden took to Twitter in a more than two-minute video to acknowledge that “social norms have begun to change” and that he would alter his behaviour to respect others.
“The boundaries of producing personal space have been reset, and I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful,” he said in the video. “That’s my responsibility. My responsibility, and I’ll meet it.”
An INSIDER poll conducted in April found that despite the accusations against Biden, only 13 per cent of Democratic primary voters believe that the allegations disqualify him from running for president. Democratic politicians have also come out in support of Biden in recent weeks over the controversy.
A Biden spokesperson told INSIDER that they have no comment at this time.
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