US election 2020: 7 things to know about Joe Biden

Could America’s most recent Democratic vice president challenge Donald Trump in 2020?

A new CNN/SSRS poll suggests that Joe Biden would defeat the incumbent President Donald Trump 57% - 40% in a hypothetical election between the pair. So far, Biden has not announced his candidacy for the election, but here are seven things you should know about the potential candidate.

1. Senator Biden

Joe Biden served in the US Senate between 1973 and 2009, only stepping down to become Vice President of the United States. During his time in the chamber, he represented the state of Delaware.

2. Vice President Biden

In the run up to the 2008 election, Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his running-mate. The pair faced off against Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and emerged from the contest victorious. Biden resultantly became VP and won a second term alongside Barack Obama in 2012.

3. His age

Born in 1942, Biden is currently 75-years-old. That would make him 78 at the time of the next presidential election and 86 by the end of a hypothetical second term in 2028. However, Donald Trump is 71-years-old, showing that age may not be Biden’s biggest obstacle to the presidency.

4. Biden’s connection with Neil Kinnock

According to the Telegraph, Biden was criticised for allegedly plagiarising part of a speech delivered by former UK Labour leader Neil Kinnock at the 1987 Welsh Labour conference.

5. He has the ambition to run

After eight years as VP, Biden declined to run in 2016, but he has run for president before showing he could do it again. He first ran in 1984 and then in 1988, but pulled out of the former following the revelation that he had possibly plagiarised Neil Kinnock’s speech. He also ran in 2008, but pulled out as it became the Clinton-Obama show. Could he run again?

6. His family have been affected by tragedy

According to CNN, his first wife and young daughter died in a car accident back in 1972. He later remarried, but one of his other children, Beau, died of brain cancer in early 2015. He has two surviving children, one from each marriage.

7. Will he run in 2020?

In December 2016, CNN reported that the former VP was not ruling out running for president in 2020. The Independent even reported in late 2017 that there is serious talk about Biden running against Trump in 2020. According to Oddschecker, Biden is the ninth favourite to win the presidency in 2020, but until he announces a candidacy, one can only speculate about his future.