SALT LAKE CITY — Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his bid for president Thursday morning through a campaign video. The 3½ minute video opened with Biden quoting the Declaration of Independence and bringing up the events that took place in August 2017 when neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Here are the reactions.
President Donald Trump reacts on Twitter.
- "Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe," Trump tweeted. "I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign."
Alexander Burns, national political correspondent for The New York Times, commented on how strong Biden's language was.
- "This is some of the starkest language we have heard from any Democratic candidate regarding Mr. Trump and the hard-right nationalists who make up part of his base — references to Nazis and the Klan, and to forces that were on the march in 1930s Europe. Mr. Biden is using his age to his advantage here, presenting himself as a voice of historical authority, and situating the 2020 race in a much longer timeline."
Lara Trump, President Trump's daughter-in-law and his 2020 campaign adviser, told Fox News that Biden is too far left for the U.S.
- “Joe Biden is just among a sea of other candidates who quite frankly are all trying to out-Bernie one another, move so far left, become so radical, I didn’t hear any proposal for the future of this country in his announcement.”
Gail Collins, opinion columnist for The New York Times, noted how crowded the Democratic field is.
- "Joe Biden’s leap into the race will make, by The Times’s count, 20 people officially in the running, with more still milling around the sidelines, sniffing the air."
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post wrote that Biden is striving to bring back civic nationalism.
- "Biden’s video reaffirms the American civic nationalist tradition as the answer to the racial nationalism that has reasserted itself with Trump. The mission of the moment is to restore this tradition — the idea that political freedom and economic opportunity must be available to all, regardless of racial, cultural or ethnic background — to the center of American life."
CNN's S.E. Cupp wrote that Biden is in for a surprise during his campaign.6 comments on this story
- "Biden is in for a rude, rude awakening when he actually makes (his campaign) official. This isn’t your grandfather’s — or Joe Biden’s — Democratic Party anymore."
Politico's Marc Caputo and Natasha Korecki wrote that Biden has an interesting struggle ahead of him.
- "Despite a legitimate claim to be the standard-bearer of Obama’s legacy, Biden faces a fundamental challenge as he seeks his party’s nomination for the White House: Convincing the diverse and youthful coalition that elected Obama to two terms that a 76-year-old white man is the right person to carry the mantle."