After an explosive run-up to this year's election, Joe Biden has just started election day in an emotional fashion...
The day is here.And Biden has begun it in a slightly more unusual manner than we are used to.
His first stop on election day?He's chosen to visit the graveside of his son, Beau.
As you will know, this is Biden's third time running for president.
via: Getty ImagesHe previously ran in both 1988 and in 2008, before becoming vice president to Barack Obama.
Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, northeast Pennsylvania.
via: Getty ImagesAs 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 credits his parents with instilling "hard work and perseverance" into him.
via: Getty ImagesBiden 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."
As a child, Biden struggled with a stutter...
via: Getty ImagesHowever, he managed to overcome his speech impediment by memorizing passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror.
It wasn't until the late sixties when Biden became active in politics...
via: Getty ImagesAfter 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.
In 1972, the Delaware Democratic Party encouraged Biden, who was twenty-nine at the time, to run for the United States Senate.
via: Getty ImagesVery 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.
But, just as his political career seemed to be coming together...
via: Getty ImagesHe was struck by a devastating tragedy.
A week before the Christmas holiday in 1972...
via: Getty ImagesBiden's wife and 3 children were involved in a horrific car accident while out shopping for a Christmas tree.
Heartbreakingly, the accident killed his wife and daughter.
via: Getty ImagesAnd left both of his sons, Beau and Hunter, severely injured.
Biden later spoke out about how he considered suicide following the fatal car crash.
via: Getty Images"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."
In spite of the tragedy, Biden decided to continue to represent the people of Delaware in the Senate.
via: Getty ImagesBut opted to take the oath of office from his sons' hospital room, instead of the usual swearing-in ceremony.
From 1973 to 2009, Biden served in the Senate.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it wasn't long before his presidential ambitions kicked in.
In 1987, he first decided to run for president...
via: Getty ImagesBiden 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.
2 decades after his unsuccessful presidential bid...
via: Getty ImagesBiden decided to run for president once again. However, despite his experience in the Senate, his campaign failed to gain momentum.
This year marks his third run for president...
via: Getty ImagesAnd sees him go head to head with Donald Trump.
It's been one hell of a run-up to the election.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.
The first presidential debate was held back in September...And, entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls.
Overall, the ninety-minute debate, which was held by Fox News' Chris Wallace, was a bitter one.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.
Then, the first and only vice presidential debate of 2020 went ahead on October 7th between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris.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.
Not to mention FlyGate.Who can forget?
The second presidential debate didn't exactly go to plan.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.
Meanwhile, Biden put together his own plan to appear in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia...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.
Less than 2 weeks before election day, Trump and Biden met one last time in the final presidential debate.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.
Safe to say, it ran a lot smoother.Over the course of the debate, several topics were covered, including the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, immigration, and foreign policy.
The exchanges were sharp, to say the least.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."
Trump was furious...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.
Viewers were quick to note how much Trump was complaining about the type of questions he was being asked.
Lesley Stahl: Are you ready for some tough questions? President Trump: You’re going to be fair? Lesley Stahl: . .… https://t.co/7z702YBuDe— 60 Minutes (@60 Minutes)1603669576.0
All in all...
A new 60 Minutes, Sunday at 7:30pm ET/7pm PT https://t.co/eEZL7kzzoH— 60 Minutes (@60 Minutes)1603235294.0
The election has seen a record number of early voters.As well as lots of celebrities weighing in.
But now, the day is finally here.
via: Getty ImagesAnd Joe Biden has started in a rather unusual way.