Joe Biden announces 2020 presidential bid

Joe Biden wasting no time with his announcement, calling the race a "battle for the soul of this nation".
2:52 | 04/25/19

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now, and a big story in the race for 2020. Joe Biden officially announcing he's in. Taking on president trump right out of the gate, but his long history already catching up to him. Here's ABC's Terry Moran. Reporter: Newly minted presidential candidate Joe Biden already in full campaign mode. I'm feeling great. Good to be back in Delaware. Reporter: Hours earlier, Biden posting that video declaring his candidacy in stark and sweeping terms. We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. Everything that has made America America is at stake. Reporter: Using images of white supremacists in charlottesville, he took direct aim at president trump. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. Reporter: Trump's tweeted response, a taunt -- "I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. But if you make it, I will see you at the starting gate!" Mr. Vice president, do you have a message for president trump? He welcomed you in the race, questioned whether you had the intelligence to be the president of the United States. Everybody knows Donald Trump. Reporter: Biden, who is 76 years old, has spent half a hen surery in politics, and this is his third try for the white house, so, he brings a long track record. And a flashpoint in that record, now coming under sharp scrutiny. As senate judiciary committee chairman presiding over the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Biden was widely criticized for the committee's treatment of Anita hill. Today, his campaign revealed he spoke with hill and expressed "Regret for what she endured." Hill tells "The New York Times" that conversation happened earlier this month, and she fired back, saying, "I cannot be satisfied by sumfully saying I'm sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose." For Joe Biden, the challenges and opportunities in this campaign are just beginning. Why are you the best? That will be for you all to decide. Just beginning is right. Terry Moran joining us from Washington. And president Obama tonight weighing in on his former vice president entering the race. His spokesman saying Obama and Biden share a, quote, special bond, but the former president making no endorsement. Reporter: No endorsement, Tom. That's a presidential tradition. They stay above the fray. Reagan didn't endorse bush until after the primaries. But Joe Biden did talk about this today. He says he asked president Obama not to endorse hum, that whoever wins this nomination has to win it on their merits. Tom? Terry Moran with Joe Biden's big announcement today. Terry, thank you. And Joe Biden will give his first interview on ABC news on "The view" tomorrow. And then Joe and bill Biden will sit down on Tuesday on GM "Good morning America."

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