After an explosive run-up to this year’s election, Joe Biden has just started election day in an emotional fashion…
And Biden has begun it in a slightly more unusual manner than we are used to.
He’s chosen to visit the graveside of his son, Beau.
He previously ran in both 1988 and in 2008, before becoming vice president to Barack Obama.
As per Biography, Biden’s father, Joseph Biden Sr., worked cleaning furnaces and as a used car salesman, while his mother was Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan.
Biden recalled his father often saying: “Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.”
However, he managed to overcome his speech impediment by memorizing passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror.
After graduating from law school in 1968, he became a member of the Democrat party before being elected to the New Castle County Council in ’70.
Very few people thought he’d get in, but, after a campaign organized mostly by family, Biden won, making him the fifth-youngest U.S. senator elected in the nation’s history.
He was struck by a devastating tragedy.
Biden’s wife and 3 children were involved in a horrific car accident while out shopping for a Christmas tree.
And left both of his sons, Beau and Hunter, severely injured.
“I began to understand how despair led people to just cash in; how suicide wasn’t just an option but a rational option … I felt God had played a horrible trick on me, and I was angry.”
But opted to take the oath of office from his sons’ hospital room, instead of the usual swearing-in ceremony.
And it wasn’t long before his presidential ambitions kicked in.
Biden had been suffering severe headaches during the campaign, and shortly after he dropped out the following year, doctors discovered that he had 2 life-threatening brain aneurysms.
Biden decided to run for president once again. However, despite his experience in the Senate, his campaign failed to gain momentum.
And sees him go head to head with Donald Trump.
Of course, the election couldn’t have fallen on a worse year, but it powered ahead despite some major setbacks… including Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.
And, entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls.
Both Trump and Biden seemed to be having a field day throwing insults at one another, calling each other out, and constantly interrupting each other.
Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, Ellen Page, moderated the heated debate in Utah and in similarity to the first presidential debate, sparks flew for miles.
Who can forget?
After it was announced it would be held virtually due to the pandemic, Trump demanded that the debate be restored to its original, in-person format, before adding that he would refuse to take part in any virtual debate entirely.
And, never one to miss out on an opportunity to attack his opponent, Trump decided to take part in NBC’s Miami town hall event…at the exact same time as Biden’s ABC appearance.
But, due to the constant interrupting in the first election, at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Over the course of the debate, several topics were covered, including the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, immigration, and foreign policy.
And some even pointed out how much of a calmer performance Trump gave compared to the first debate.
Which can’t be said for his 60 Minutes interview.
Trump famously cut the interview with correspondent Lesley Stahl short after being asked “tough questions.”
And even released unedited footage from the interview, ahead of its scheduled air date.
60 Minutes said the White House agreed only to record the interview for its archives…
And said it has a history of interviewing presidential candidates while asking important questions in the run-up to elections.
One of which was Stahl asking why the crowds at rallies do not wear masks.
“You’re so negative. These are the biggest rallies we have ever had. You just come in here with that negative attitude. You just come in here with that negative attitude,” he responded.
It didn’t look too good for Trump.
As well as lots of celebrities weighing in.
And Joe Biden has started in a rather unusual way.
On what is sure to be an emotional day, this move has shaken the internet…
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