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Who is Joe Biden? Age, Biography, Education, Marriage, Political Career, 2020 presidential campaign

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Joe Biden or Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is a U.S politician that served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017 under the presidency of Barack Obama. Biden represented Delaware in the U.S senate from 1973 to 2009. He is a candidate for president in the 2020 election and he has unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 1988 and in 2008.

Age

Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Catherine Eugenia Biden (née Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. Joe Biden is 77 years of age.

Biography

Joe Biden is the first of four children in a catholic family. He would have a sister and two brothers. His mother was of Irish descent with roots variously attributed to County Louth and County Londonderry. His paternal grandparents, Mary Elizabeth (née Robinette) and Joseph H. Biden an oil businessman from Baltimore, Maryland were of English, French, and Irish descent. His paternal great grandfather, William Biden, was born in Sussex, England, and immigrated to the United States. His maternal great-grandfather, Edwards Francis Blewitt, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Education 

Born to a wealthy family, Joe Biden’s father suffered several financial setbacks by the time Bidens was born. For several years, they had to live with Biden’s maternal grandparents, the Finnegans. Biden attended the Archmere Academy in Claymont where he was a standout halfback and wide receiver on the high school football team. He helped his perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year. Biden earned his bachelor’s degree in 1965 from the University of Delaware, with a double major in history and political science.

Marriage 

While still a law student, Joe Biden Married Neilia Hunter (1942-1972). They overcame her parents’ initial reluctance for her to wed a Roman Catholic and the ceremony was held in a Catholic church in Skaneateles. They had three children, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III in 1969, Robert Hunter in 1970, and Naomi Christina in 1971.  On December 18, 1972, a few weeks after the Senate elections, Biden’s wife, and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping. His other children survived with minor injuries with doctors claiming they would make full recoveries. Neilia Biden’s station wagon was hit by a tractor-trailer truck as she pulled out of an intersection. Biden had considered resigning to take care of them.

In 1975, Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs, who grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and would become a teacher in Delaware. They had met on a blind date organized by his brother, although he had noticed a photograph of her in an advertisement for a local park in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden credited her with renewing his interest in both politics and in life and on June 17, 1977, Biden and Jacobs were married by a catholic priest at the chapel at the United Nations in New York. They have one daughter together, Ashley Blazer (born 1981). On May 30, 2015, Beau died at 46 after a two year battle with brain cancer. At the time of his death, he was widely regarded as the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Delaware in 2016.

Political Career

Biden began his political career into the 1972 Senate election in Delaware with the longtime political figure and Republican incumbent senator J Caleb Boggs considering retirement. His campaign managed by his sister Valerie Biden Owens (who would manage his future campaigns) and which had virtually had no money and was given no chance of winning focused on pertinent issues that included; withdrawal from Vietnam, the environment, civil rights, mass transit, more equitable taxation, health care, and change. He won the November 7, 1972 election in an upset by a margin of 3162 votes. At age 30, which is the minimum age required to hold the office, Biden became the sixth youngest senator in U.S history and one of only 18 who took office before turning 31. But the accident which took his daughter and wife left him filled with anger and religious doubt. In remembrance of his wife and daughter, Bidens does not work on December 18 the anniversary of the accident. He would stay a single father for five years and he left standing orders that he be interrupted in the Senate at any time if his sons called. As a senator Bidens served in various committees like the U.S Senate Committee on foreign relations for which Biden was a long-time member. Following his initial election in 1972, Biden was re-elected to six additional terms in the elections of 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008 usually getting about 60% of the vote. Biden served as a junior senator for 28 years due to the two-year seniority of his Republican colleague William Roth. After Roth was defeated for re-election by Tom Carper in 2000, Biden became Delaware’s senior senator and the longest-serving senator in Delaware’s history. As of 2018, he was the 18th longest-serving senator in the history of the U.S

Presidential Campaigns 

 

Biden ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, formally declaring his candidacy at the Wilmington train station on June 9, 1987. He was attempting to become the youngest president since John F. Kennedy. However, his campaign would experience issues that included plagiarism of speeches and on September 23, 1987, he withdrew from the nomination race saying his candidacy had been overrun by the exaggerated shadow of his past mistakes. Biden would then vie for Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but he would lose to Obama and Hilary Clinton whom Biden resented for his quick rise to political stardom and Obama having viewed Biden as garrulous and patronizing. They later began a working relationship that saw them work together for the 2008 presidential campaign with Biden’s as the Vice President.

Vice-presidency 

Joe Biden became the 47th vice president of the United States and the first vice president from Delaware. He was also the first Roman Catholic to attain that office. Joe Biden served as the vice president of the United States for two terms ending 2017.

2020 Presidential Campaign 

Biden’s presidential campaign has been marred by controversy with the most recent being the pressuring of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by President Donald Trump to investigate wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Despite the allegations, there lacked evidence of any wrongdoing by the Bidens with the pressure to investigate interpreted to hurt Biden’s chances of winning the presidency, resulting in a political scandal and the impeachment of Donald Trump by the House of Representatives. Biden was considered the frontrunner in the Democratic primaries. However, after disappointing showings in Iowa and New Hampshire in early 2020 he fell second behind Bernie Sanders in February 2020 poll. Nevertheless, he went on to win the popular vote in the South Carolina primary, ahead of Sanders.

 

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