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According to several reports, former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his presidential campaign on Thursday.

The 76-year-old lifelong politician will almost instantly become a front-runner in the crowded Democratic party fighting to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.

Biden, who has run for president twice before with little success, will look to organized labor for support early on.

His decision largely settles the crowded and diverse Democratic presidential field at 20 candidates, including six women, five racial minorities and one member of the LGBTQ community. Biden would be the most experienced politician in the race, and the second-oldest, after 77-year-old Bernie Sanders

One of the most recognizable names in politics, Biden served for two terms as Barack Obama’s vice president after nearly four decades as a senator from Delaware. His high-profile, working-class background and connection to the Obama years would help him enter the race as a front-runner, though he faces questions about his age and whether his more moderate record fits with a party that has become more liberal.

Source: Associated Press

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