Joe Biden says he’s ‘proud of my son’
Mr Biden’s election victory has been confirmed after the Electoral College voted for the US’ next President. The President-elect said it was “time to turn the page” after US democracy had been “pushed, tested and threatened” and “proved to be resilient, true and strong”. He condemned President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the decision, after the former businessman accused Mr Biden of winning on voter fraud, something which has since been debunked.
Mr Biden’s lengthy career in politics has seen him run for President three times prior to 2020, in 1988 and 2008.
In 2015, intense speculation suggested that Mr Biden was readying to enter the 2016 Presidential nominee race for the Democrats at the last minute.
This was never realised as a tumultuous period ensued following the death of his son, Joseph “Beau” Biden, who sadly passed away at the age of 46.
Having served in the US military in Iraq, Beau later endured a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
He was first diagnosed with the illness in 2013 after experiencing spells of headaches, dizzy spells and disorientation.
A lesion on his brain was removed yet two years later the cancer returned, this time stronger.
Beau sadly died ten days after being admitted to hospital in May 2015.
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Shortly after, in August, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd detailed how Beau had urged his father to run for President and stop Hillary Clinton potentially entering the White House.
In a piece titled, “Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?”, Ms Dowd wrote: “Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralysed.
“But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
Ms Dowd went on to suggest that Mr Biden had been talking to friends, family and donors about the possibility of joining the Presidential race.
At the time, Politico suggested that the column was “calculated”, claiming that he had “effectively placed an ad in The New York Times, asking them (friends, donors, colleagues) to call”.
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Two months later, and Mr Biden announced he would not be running, ending the months of claims.
Appearing in a hastily announced White House address, he said that his window of opportunity to “mount a winning campaign for the nomination” had closed.
Noting his personal life and the death of Beau, he said: “As my family and I have worked through the grieving process.
“I’ve said all along that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president.
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“I’ve concluded it has closed.”
Meanwhile, President Trump has yet to comment on the Electoral College’s announcement of Mr Biden’s victory.
Shortly after the outfit cast its ballot, he announced on Twitter the departure of Attorney General William Barr.
Mr Barr had said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election, despite the President’s claims.
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Speaking in Delaware after the vote, Mr Biden praised “ordinary men and women” who had stood up to Mr Trump’s questioning of the results.
The President-elect will be inaugurated on January 20, and will inherit a wealth of pressing issues on entering the Oval Office.
The coronavirus pandemic is the most obvious and the immediate, with the US this week having surpassed the grim death toll of 300,000.
He will also inherit diplomatic intricacies in the Middle East.
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Tensions have soared in recent weeks after Mr Trump reportedly floated the idea of ordering an attack on Iran.
Mr Biden will look to ease relations with the Islamic Republic, which has had severe sanctions slapped on it by Mr Trump since 2016.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that while the country isn’t “excited” to see Mr Biden enter the White House, it was “very happy” to see the end of President Trump’s term.