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

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

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

  2. 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.!!!

  3. 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 🇺🇸

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. "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.

  9. More on the plagiarism here, direct word for word steals from JFK and RFK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmuAB5MqP0Y How can he POSSIBLY think that this won't sink him again once a new generation is reminded? No wonder Obama told him 'you don't have to do this, Joe' – he knew he'd just embarrass himself all over again. What an idjit.

  10. He has not learned his lessons. Recently, he plagiarized Yang's talking points on automation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgutpMLbPt4

  11. Creepy Uncle Joe is so bad,the Secret Service had to warm the parents of young girls”Dont leave your daughter alone with the VP.

  12. Hunter was on daddy's plane doing business at tax payers expense!!! Criminals is what they are, period !! Sad thing, is there a protected class, shame!!!!!!!

  13. what? NYT (democrats) believes Binden is a failure? no way, his sone is drug addicted, tells a bit about the father … Democrats, if you read this, PLEASE send me someone better than Trump. I hate to see Trump, he is so low but could not see any democrat higher than him. i won't go to voting next time 🙂

  14. CIA Coup of UKRAINE 👉 Obama BIDEN Hillary Administration 👉 Eric C CIA Daria Kalenuik Artem SYTNYK WH Meeting Jan 2016 Nuland Pyatt Call.Placement of Poroshenko…Klitch…. Burisma Naftogaz 1991 Pelosi Soros WE ALL KNOW! Gia 🇺🇸

  15. President Trump is over the targets NSA CIA FBI DOJ Obama Biden Hillary….and US Italians know the players the game! Thank You Rudy Sec Pompeo Gia 🇺🇸✝️💕 💕

  16. Because his ugly son Hunter causes car accidents on coke while somehow making $87,000 PER MONTH at Burisma undoubtedly due to his incredible experience in Slavic linguistics.

  17. Lol yeah I'll say mistakes, like the party all together and needs to be abolished if anything does. DC has been corrupt for a very long time, but obuttholes fundamental transformation has brought it to a whole nother level and it is full of criminals 🐍

  18. why did joe biden's campaign failed? well, for the same motives his 2nd campaign failed. And this one too goes on the same path apparently!

  19. Great example of someone who is given political job security by voters in a little state and gets to hang around long enough to get awarded and promoted, but when he actually has to compete seriously against higher quality talent for something more important, then his personal deficiencies and flawed outlook get exposed and he shrivels.

  20. This guy's a moron.i mean he seems like a nice guy but this pandering to black peoe makes me sick.its identity politics.

  21. I love how you point out he is a serial liar and then praise him for his authenticity. Top notch reporting right there.

  22. Biden is in bed with the fossil fuel industry and has supported the idea of cutting Social Security. Look at the 80’s. Check out his speeches from the 80’s

  23. Why aren't you reporting this now? Because it would sink him. Share this video, people. He plagerised right and left. He's another Trump.

  24. he didn't exaggerate he lied! and he continues to lie today. I will never vote for this creep who doesn't know what day of the week it is.

  25. Because he lied time and time again. He lied about his education, he plagiarized speeches numerous times, lied about his role in civil rights and there is plenty more. DNC putting up a liar with early signs of dementia against liar Trump. If Biden wins, Trump wins.

  26. Ladies and gentleman the DNC establishment candidate. He is going to get clobbered by DJT. I foreshadow 4 more years of DJT, something I really do not look forward to. But Biden vs Trump, I am very afraid DJT is going to win. If DJT wins, it is on the DNC establishment once again. Than they should really stop complaining, because they undoubtley brought it on themselves this time around.

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