Why Biden’s First Run for President Failed | NYT News


“The next president of the
United States, Joe Biden.” It’s June 9, 1987, and then-Senator
Joseph R. Biden Jr. has just entered the
presidential race. Look familiar? The 2020 race is Biden’s third
attempt at the Oval Office. He first ran for
president 32 years ago. For those who may
have forgotten or weren’t around in ’87, here’s what happened. Biden started off
as a strong contender. “Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.
of Delaware.” But his campaign was marred
by some early blunders, like this one. “What law school did you
attend and where did you place in that class?” “And the other question is—” “I think I probably have
a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect.” And he exaggerated
his academic record in law school. “—went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class.” And then there were moments
like this, repeated later during the campaign. “When I marched in
the civil rights movement, I marched with tens
of thousands of others to change attitudes.” But he never actually marched in the civil rights movement
at all. Ultimately, it was
accusations of plagiarism in his speeches “I did not know
that was a Robert Kennedy quote.
My mistake.” that forced him
to drop out of the race. “I made some mistakes.” After that, Biden stayed in the Senate, ran again in the 2008 race, became the
vice-presidential nominee, and then the vice president, laid low for a little while and now we’re here. “If I’m going to be able to
beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here.” And certain things,
including a handful of Biden’s vulnerabilities,
haven’t changed. He’s still leaning into
some of the core messages he highlighted during his
first presidential run often emphasizing his profile
over policy, promising to put the country
on the right path after what he sees as the ills of Republican administrations. Here he is in 1987. “I tell you today that
America is a nation at risk.” In 2007. “This president
is going to be judged, and his administration judged,
very harshly by history.” And in 2019. “We’re in the battle
for the soul of this nation.” But Biden has struggled
to project himself as a man in step
with the times. And parts of his
political history continue to haunt him, like his role in the questioning of
Anita Hill in 1991. “It is appropriate to
ask Professor Hill anything any member
wishes to ask her to plumb the depths of her credibility.” And more recently, it was his relationship
with personal space. “The boundaries of
protecting personal space have been reset
and I get it.” Throughout his more
than four-decade-long career in politics, Biden
has become known for his freewheeling
charm and authenticity. “I’ve been referred
to as ‘Middle-Class Joe.’ It’s not always
meant as a compliment.” But his candor has also
gotten him into some trouble. “I’ve done some dumb things and I’ll do dumb things again.” As the Democratic front-runner, Biden will be
under a microscope. The question is whether he
can harness the folksy appeal he’s become known
for without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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38 thoughts on “Why Biden’s First Run for President Failed | NYT News”

  1. bctvguy says:

    Biden was never able to draw big crowds,. He failed TWICE before running for the presidency – this will be his third failure. He's a walking gaffe machine, a loser, a plagiarizer, devoid of core values with no accomplishments and nothing to offer.

  2. Adr says:

    What can I say, some ppl never learn

  3. Jso's Productions says:

    Berine Sanders 2020 imo

  4. JTN AKL says:

    Why does Biden have more hair now than back in the 80s?

  5. Its Muna says:

    This guy is a pedophile, search it up on youtube

  6. Carlos Morgado says:

    And why is third attempt will absolutely fail as well

  7. JennFlProfile Updated says:


  8. Connor Stickels says:

    It's sad, I liked Biden more before he ran for president

  9. A T says:

    Lmao this is the best chance for the Democrats 😂

  10. Karl Heven says:

    And guess what he will FAIL again!!

  11. Karl Heven says:

    He is the male version of HILLARY.
    Just as phony, just as shifty , just as corrupt!
    He is in it for HIMSELF.

  12. Jcapps57 Johnson says:

    Biden IS a mistake. He's a perv who can't seem to stop ogling and sniffing young girls and other men's wives. Not only that, he probably hasn't had an original thought in his life.!!!

  13. hendrix4151 says:

    joe biden has the iq of a bumblebee, therefore not leadership material.

  14. ID’s Aviation says:

    And he’s failing again!

  15. Renbencanaan says:

    Bernie Sanders now more than ever

  16. Don’tGetScaredTV says:

    I wonder if he got a hair transplant

  17. Adam Spira Lina says:

    Because he is not good. The failing New York times. Please go outa biz because they take your license / permits away. Stop hurting the beautiful USA 🇺🇸

  18. william willie says:

    Trumps best hope lol

  19. Pastor Rick Stevenson says:

    I hate the Democrats but nobody wants a left wing radical. Nobody wants to pay more for gas, food and housing. And Americans don’t worship government like the eurotrash.

  20. Zion Nuby says:

    So biased people always talk about Bernies ideas but he's ineffective, he hasnt passed any " MAJOR " legislation Biden has, any politician that is effective will mess up

  21. Chaz Chillington says:

    Goodbye Joe

  22. iakona23 says:

    The New York Times mentioned plagiarism, but it omits the event that caused Biden to drop out of the race in 1987, which was copying British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock’s campaign speech and even Kinnock’s life story. That was really bad.

  23. Hona Wikeepa says:

    He lives on a spinning ball in the random universe. The one Copernicus thought about, and the Jesuit weaponized, and science education proclaimed as absolute truth. Welcome to the Matrix everyone. You can checkout any time you like. And, never return.

  24. Elvia Giron says:

    A. Perdón pero apoco va sacar de la tumba la usurpación de la otra for

  25. Null Field says:

    Retire you old bag

  26. Max A/C says:

    Biden is Obama's worst mistake.

  27. J. Smart says:


  28. Michal Mocny says:

    "He exaggerated his academic record in law school" How? Saying: "I ended up in the top half of my class" LOL. So Biden exaggerated by stating he was *at least average*. That's actually hilarious.

  29. Donoso Demaistre says:


  30. Lord Baphomet says:

    Leftist trash.

  31. Bill Johnson says:

    Because he touches children and smells hair.

  32. alex black says:

    Creepy Joe China

  33. Virru112 says:

    And still knows more than Trump… He's not great but he's an important on an orange nazi

  34. Hobostarr180 says:

    Why Biden's First Run(s) Failed

  35. Jennifer Jackson says:

    What is going on here? Do we have some kind of a hair club for men situation?

  36. dingus mingus says:

    Obama > Biden

  37. Fred Derry says:

    they GLOSSED RIGHT OVER stealing the British guy's speech

  38. Rk RK says:

    and now were here lol y what a fail hahhah

  39. ContagiousRepublic says:

    This is a half-Trump.

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