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13th Jan 2019

Joe Biden reportedly announcing 2020 presidential run

'Joe Biden would go down fast and hard'

Oli Dugmore

BRIDGETON, MO - OCTOBER 31: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters of Senator Claire McCaskill at a "get out the vote" rally which on October 31, 2018 in Bridgeton, Missouri. McCaskill is in a tight race with her Republican challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

‘Joe Biden would go down fast and hard’

Joe Biden is close to announcing his presidential run, according to American media.

The former vice-president is understood to have sounded out allies within the Democratic party in the build up to this week.

Biden is “closer than he ever was in 2016” to making a go of securing the top table in the White House and “serious in his discussions with potential supporters,” Axios reports. The American political publisher says Biden has knowingly told Democrat mates “If I’m walking, I’m running.”

Biden’s younger brother Frank also believes Joe will run, as do some of his close advisers.

Donald Trump said he wasn’t worried in an interview with Fox News.

He said: “A lot of people say Biden is doing OK, but you know, he was always a 1-percenter.

“He ran two or three times, he never got above 1 percent. And then [Barack] Obama came along and took him off the trash heap, and he became a vice president, and now he’s leading.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a round-table discussion on border security and safe communities with State, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. As the second-longest government shut down continues, Democrats and Republicans have not found a compromise for border security funding and President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)