Biden To Announce Thursday

But It Won't Be In Charlottesville

April 23, 2019 - 4:35 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday, according to a person familiar with his plans.

 The 76-year-old Democrat is scheduled to face voters in Pittsburgh on Monday, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak on the record about private conversations.

 Biden's decision answers the final major question of the early 2020 Democratic primary season, which now features more than 20 candidates. Given his high profile in U.S. politics, Biden would enter the race as a front-runner

The largest firefighters union is preparing to formally endorse Biden this week, with group leaders saying they will be "investing" heavily in the former vice president's anticipated bid.

LOCAL ADDITION:  There had been reports Biden was considering using Charlottesville for his kick-off.  However, some activists complained that it was taking political advantage of the violence that surrounded the 2017 Unite the Right Rally.


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