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Amid Renewed Criticism, Biden Teases Thursday Announcement

The “online video” announcement has been scheduled for Thursday.

Joe Biden has long been limping his way into the 2020 presidential election, being hobbled not once, not twice, but at least seven times by accusations of inappropriate behavior toward women.

Those allegations run the gamut from creepy to downright bizarre, with the former Vice President accused of habitually smelling women’s hair and forcing them to rub noses with him in an “eskimo kiss”.

Just as some of the media hullabaloo surrounding the accusations was beginning to fade, the gaffe-prone Biden made two jokes about the issue during the same public appearance, prompting a renewed concern over his comprehension of the severity of the behavior.

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Now, despite this rocky road, Biden seems poised to finally, after all of this time, launch his presidential campaign.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will announce his presidential bid Thursday morning with an online video, two sources close to Biden with direct knowledge of the planning confirmed to NBC News.

Biden will then appear in Pittsburgh on Monday for an event at a local union hall, NBC News has learned. Biden will then embark on a tour of the four early voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — in the following weeks.

The former vice president finds himself atop of many early primary polls. The RealClearPolitics polling average has him at just above 29 percent, with Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place at about 22 percent.

Cynical political observers are likely to infer that the “online video” announcement path was the simplest way to keep Biden from sticking his foot in his mouth live, in front of people.

 

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