The Gist

Joe Biden is the official Democratic Party nominee for the 59th U.S. presidential election. He will be running alongside Kamala Harris (the first would-be female and African-American Vice President in U.S. history) against the incumbent Republican President, Donald J. Trump.

Why does it matter

The November 2020 U.S. presidential election will be one of the most pivotal in recent American history. After an extremely divisive election in 2016, and 4 years with the country being led by one of the most polarizing political figures to date, tensions and fractures in the U.S are at an all-time high. Joe Biden is widely seen as the candidate who will restore America’s standing on the world stage and return a sense a normalcy and decency to the white house.

As it stands, Joe Biden currently leads by a wide margin in the polls, but victory is by no means certain if 2016 was any indication of how events can unfold. And even if Biden is elected as the 46th president, Trump has refused to publicly state if he will accept the results of the election and relinquish his role as commander in chief – a chilling thought with wide-reaching implications for American democracy as a whole.


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So, who is Joe Biden?

He is a career politician. He was a U.S. Senator representing the state of Delaware from 1973-2009. When elected, he was the fifth youngest senator in American history. Biden then served as Vice President alongside former Democratic President Barack Obama from 2009-2017. This will be his third time running for President of the United States and if elected Biden, now 77, will be the oldest president ever inaugurated in American history.

His politics are surprisingly left-leaning. Despite his centrist appearance (especially when compared to some of the past reform candidates, like Bernie Sanders) Biden is actually one of the most left-leaning candidates the Democratic party has put forth in over a decade. He supports aggressive climate action, investment in domestic manufacturing, police reforms, tax increases on the rich, and free education for certain groups.

He’s overcome tragedy. Just as his political career was taking off, Biden’s wife and three children were involved in a horrific car accident. His wife and daughter were killed and both of his sons received severed injuries. Despite this crushing blow, and even considering suicide, he persevered and decided to honour his family and the people of Delaware by continuing his pursuit to represent the people in the Senate.


Interesting Facts about Joe

  • For most of his career, Joe Biden was ranked one of the LEAST wealthy government officials (that has since changed)
  • He doesn’t smoke or drink, thinking of these bahaviours as a crutch
  • He grew up in Scranton Pennsylvania (yup, the same place as “The Office”)
  • He was, at best, an average student but managed to obtain a law degree from Syracuse University Law School
  • In 1988 he had 2 brain aneurysms, although appears to have come out relatively unscathed
  • He voted for the Iraq war in 2002 (he has since called that decision a mistake)
  • In 2012 he publicly declared his support for gay marriage , infuriating then President Obama as he geared up for re-election
  • Despite being a strong speaker, he has a penchant for “putting his foot in his mouth” and just blurting things out

If you’re interested in learning more about him, check out Joe Biden’s Full Biography


What’s his vision for America?

  • Coronavirus. Comprehensive plan to beat Covid-19 including: widespread test-and-trace, PPE for all, scientifically-based treatments and vaccines, reopen the country safely and effectively, and protect high risk groups.
  • Criminal Justice. Abolish the death penalty, eliminate private prisons, end mandatory minimum sentences and reduce the number of people incarcerated.
  • Economy. Raise the minimum wage to $15, paid family and sick leave,
  • Education. Free college for 2 years, expand debt-relief, boost teacher pay, and funding for workforce training.
  • Elections. There should be limits on spending in politics.
  • Energy. Introduce a $2 trillion green energy investment plan, tax carbon emissions, end new offshore oil drilling, and support new nuclear technologies.
  • Farm/ Agriculture. Provide funds to farmers who adopt climate-friendly practices, expand farm worker protections,
  • Gun Control. Supports voluntary buyback, background checks and national gun registry.
  • Health care. Will expand coverage, but opposes medicare for all, some government intervention in drug prices, some limits on abortion.
  • Immigration. Supports citizenship for dreamers, but will keep the illegal immigration statute in place.
  • Marijuana. Will let the States decide, but supports eliminating past pot convictions.
  • Military. Boost spending on the defense budget, keep troops deployed overseas.
  • Taxes. Increase capital gains tax, minor raises to corporate tax, increase tax on upper-income Americans.
  • Trade. Reduce tensions with China, join the CPTPP, supports the new USMCA (previously NAFTA), will stop the use of tariffs as a pressure tactic
  • Tech. Fund rural broadband internet, consider holding social media companies accountable for posts.

See his full platform here.


Popular books about Joe Biden

For those in need of a good read and who want to learn a little bit more about who Joe Biden is, here are the top 10 most popular books about him right now:

  1. No Ordinary Joe: The Life And Career Of Joe Biden
  2. Biden Time: Crazy Uncle Joe In His Own Words
  3. Joe Biden: The Biography
  4. Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden
  5. The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, And (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom Of Joe Biden
  6. Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose
  7. Promises To Keep: On Life And Politics
  8. Joe Biden: A Life Of Trial And Redemption
  9. Joey: The Story Of Joe Biden
  10. The President Of Vice

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  1. Biden is Catholic if I’m not mistaken so his far left politics certainly don’t jive with his church. Has he found a way to over come the ‘creepy joe’ moniker or the whispers of possible onset of dementia? He is an average guy and at times an over achiever.

    The world stage would love him as the new president. He might even be the reincarnation of Mike Dukakis. who knows.

    Is he a better choice than Trump? Hard to say, but the same fools that so badly wanted HRC as president seem to be the ones backing Uncle Joe. That scares me a bit.

  2. Thank you for posting information without opinion. I think Biden is a very decent and capable person and his choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate balances many things. She is young, female, multiracial and charismatic…Have a great day! Cheryl

  3. I wouldn’t vote for a man who can’t be trusted. He claims to be a practicing Catholic, but he supports institutions such as gay marriage and medical practices such as abortion which contravenes Church teaching. In Canada, there was a priest called Father Sean O’Sullivan who was mentored from childhood by the Prime Minister of Canada to be a Member of Parliament in the Progressive Conservative party. He was eligible to enter the House of Commons by the age of sixteen and was dubbed “The Tory Boy of Wonder.” He had all the talent and skills to eventually become the leader of the party and maybe a future PM. But he decided to leave politics as to not compromise his Catholic faith. Later he entered the priesthood. This is the kind of man whom I would vote for PM if it were possible.

    • Its undoubtedly noble for a person to stand by their convictions and pursue a path in life that allows him or her to remain true to them. But if faith is what is at issue here, I would say that neither Trump nor Biden observe strict Christian values. “Abortion” and “gay marriage” might be popular rallying points, but true Christians should look past the words of a politician and rather to what they espouse to as a way of life. If Biden doesn’t fit the “faith bill”, one cannot in all consciousness say that Trump does – just look into his past actions. And if trustworthiness is the issue, then one would be hard pressed to find someone who has lied more through their life – and especially as the US President – than Donald Trump. However, in all, it would be extremely short-sighted to support a Presidential candidate based any singular issue. -> Canada is a whole different ball game!!

      • The problem is that Joe Biden isn’t standing by his personal convictions. I heard him say that personally he is against abortion. It isn’t the abortion or gay marriage issue that’s of concern but the man’s obvious double-standard that’s been brought to light in this issue. Canada isn’t a different ball game. Justin Trudeau is no different either. He’s compromised his Catholic convictions to appeal to the majority of popular voters and become PM.

      • Canada is most certainly a different ball game. The very foundation of the United States republic is in jeopardy. In Canada (where I’m from), it is not. A myopic focus on heated issues such as gay marriage and abortion are exactly the reason for populist uprisings and serve to overshadow much more important concerns (such as the erosion of the U.S constitution) that impact the freedom, security, and the prosperity a country’s citizens.

        Politicians rarely stand by their convictions if they fly in the face of their electorate. Even institutions such as the Catholic church evolve their positions, and sometimes quite remarkably so. But an evolving position is not a bad thing. In fact, it can show strength, humility and growth if done for the right reasons. In terms of abortion/gay marriage, an overwhelming majority of all Americans support both – not to mention, the Pope just endorsed same-sex unions. And despite the arguments for what is laid out in scripture, there is a very good reason for the separation of (all) churches and state. It is so that all faiths (or lack thereof) can be practiced despite their differences and without coercion or retribution. For context, there is no doubt any Catholic would balk at certain Islamic teachings driving public policy, but their claim to “what is right” is just as valid as any Christian’s in a free society.

  4. Very informative.
    Incidentally, your prophetic “chilling thought” is transpiring now!
    I also like your reply regarding separation of church and state.
    Although I am a Catholic and disagree with both abortion and same-sex marriages, I don’t think one’s personal opinions, or even religious beliefs, should disqualify considering other opinions: especially if it is the majority’s opinion.
    Giving in to the majority’s opinion, as a politician, does not constitute double standards: it shows a certain maturity, openness, and consideration of other people’s opinion.
    Interestingly, even Jesus disagreed with the church of his time: the Pharisees and Sadducees.
    Keep the good work: the world needs open-minded people like you.

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