Biden Reveals His 2020 Strategy But Is He The Future Of The Democratic Party?

For the third time in his life, Joe Biden announced he is running for President of the United States.

With a three-and-a-half-minute video published Thursday morning, Biden joined the field of about 20 Democrats in the race to win the White House in 2020.

For months, Biden has been leading in early polls. Among Democratic voters, Biden is polling at 30 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 24 percent and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9 percent. Biden can boast the highest name recognition and is in a dead-heat with Sanders in overall favorability.

But early polling is only part of the battle. The former vice president and six-term Senator from Delaware has a long history in public life and enters the race at a time of seismic change in the Democratic Party.

It's a long slog from now until July 2020 when the Democrats will choose the candidate to battle Trump. According to GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, Biden could be the best-matched candidate to take on the incumbent president.

"At this stage, Biden certainly gives the Democrats their best chance of beating Donald Trump," he said. Biden has a high favorability rating including among women, African-Americans and unions. He's also polling well against Trump in 2020 battleground states. In a hypothetical national matchup against President Trump, Biden had an 8 percent lead, according to a recent Morning Consult poll.

It's still early in the campaign and Biden's political opponents haven't taken the gloves off yet. "Should he lose the perception of electability his campaign may well be finished," O'Connell said.

O'Connell anticipates Biden will spend the bulk of the campaign answering for his forty-plus years in elected office. "Biden is going to spend more time battling his past than he will spend battling the rest of the Democratic field," he said.

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at WJLA

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