Sputnik/Moscow: Former VP Joe Biden led with an 11-point margin against President Donald Trump in a poll asking to choose between the two in a hypothetical presidential race today. The poll has further added to the recent speculation over Biden’s possible candidacy in the next election.
If the 2020 US presidential election was held today and former Democratic senator and two-term vice president Joe Biden participated, he would beat current President Donald Trump, a new Morning Consult/Politico survey has shown.
As many as 46 percent of voters said that they would vote for Biden in 2020, against 35 percent of those who said they would vote for Trump.
Independent voters also favored Biden, with 41 percent saying they would vote for the former VP and 26 percent saying they would vote for Trump.
The poll, at the same time, showed that a generic Democratic candidate would perform even better, with 48 percent of voters saying they wanted a Democratic president for the next term and 34 percent saying that would still vote for Trump.
The results came after Biden, who actually has not made his mind up about whether to run for the presidency in 2020, said that he is “not closing the door.” His remark, however, has contributed to more speculation about his possible participation in the next election.
In 2015, Biden announced he would not run to succeed Barack Obama in 2016. Last week, he said that he “regrets” that he is not president, but added that it was “the right decision” for his family.
Here are five things you may not know about Joe Biden.
- Biden was elected as a senator in 1972 when he was just 29 years old, becoming the sixth-youngest senator in US history. Despite the fact that a person needs to be at least 30 to become a senator, no laws were broken. By the time he was inducted he already was 30.
- While Biden attended Syracuse University College of Law in the late 1960s, he and his wife Neilia bought a puppy which they named “Senator.”
- Biden has experienced several personal tragedies. Several years after he was elected to the Senate, his wife and young daughter were killed in a car accident. His two sons were critically injured but fully recovered. In 2015, his eldest son Beau died from brain cancer.
- Biden was actually no stranger to presidential campaigns long before 2008. He ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, but withdrew from the race after it was found out that he plagiarized a British politician’s words.
- Known today as an interesting orator, Biden used to stutter when he was a child. He practiced reading poems out loud in front of a mirror and worked hard to deal with his problem. He then got to a law school where a friend helped him fix it.