Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE hinted at a 2020 presidential campaign, telling an audience that he views himself to be the most progressive of any Democrat running or considering a run for the presidency.
At a speech in Delaware to members of the state Democratic Party, Biden argued that criticism from members of the “New Left,” a term used to define progressive who align with principle espoused by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) during his 2016 presidential campaign, was unfounded.
“I’m told I get criticized by the ‘New Left,’ ” Biden told the audience. “I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the … anybody who would run.”
Joe Biden: “I’m told I get criticized by the New Left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the … anybody who would run” pic.twitter.com/Y5rqCpxEZR
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) March 17, 2019
His remarks were punctuated by a standing ovation by Democrats in the room who celebrated Biden’s apparent slip up suggesting a presidential run, before the former vice president moved on to aim criticism at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“We have to bring this country back together again,” Biden continued.
“The world’s worst dictators are using [the president’s] own words to justify their own abuses of power,” he added.
Biden has been considering a 2020 bid for months, and has told reporters since late last year that he was gauging how a run for the presidency would affect his family.
He consistently polls higher than other announced candidates such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), indicating that he would enter the race near the top of the crowded Democratic field if he announced a bid for the White House.
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