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Joe Biden 2020: His family wants him to run, hires staff in NH and SC

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Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to be inching toward a big announcement on the 2020 presidential election.

Biden at an event with presidential historian Jon Meachem at the University of Delaware on Tuesday said his family wants him to run.

“There’s a consensus I should — they…want me to run,” Biden said. “The first hurdle for me was deciding whether or not I am comfortable taking the family through what would be a very very, very difficult campaign.”

Meanwhile, Biden has reportedly hired staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina, two key primary states.

Biden at an event in December described himself as the “most qualified person in the country to be president,” but said he’d have to discuss the matter more with his family before making a decision.

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In the months since, there have been multiple reports suggesting Biden was poised to announce in the near future.

Biden in early January said he would announce his plans for 2020 “soon,” without offering many details.

The former vice president remains a popular figure nationwide and polls have suggested he’d defeat President Donald Trump in an election. Biden has been an unabashed critic of Trump since the 2016 election.

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If he announced, Biden, 76, would join a diverse, young field of candidates. But he would not be the only septuagenarian or even the oldest candidate, as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 77, has already thrown his hat into the ring.

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