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Biden's moment: An empathetic leader in time of division


November 9, 2020

Erin Schaff – New York Times

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a COVID-19 briefing in Wilmington, Del., Oct. 28, 2020. Biden has spent his career devoted to institutions and relationships. And those are the tools he will rely on to govern a fractured nation.

Thirty-three years ago, he was the fast-talking junior senator from Delaware with a chip on his shoulder, desperate to prove his gravitas during a brief, ill-fated presidential run.

The next time around, in 2008, he was the seasoned foreign policy hand and veteran lawmaker who strained to capture the imagination of Democratic presidential primary voters.

As he weighed a third attempt at the presidency last year, many Democrats feared he was too late. Too old, too moderate, too meandering to excite ascendant voices in his party, too rooted in the more civil politics of the past to nimbly handle Donald Trump.


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