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  • The next president of the United States, Joe Biden.”

  • It’s June 9, 1987,

  • and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.

  • has just entered the presidential race.

  • Look familiar?

  • The 2020 race is Biden’s third attempt at the Oval Office.

  • He first ran for president 32 years ago.

  • For those who may have forgotten

  • or weren’t around in ’87,

  • here’s what happened.

  • Biden started off as a strong contender.

  • Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware.”

  • But his campaign was marred by some early blunders,

  • like this one.

  • What law school did you attend and where did you

  • place in that class?”

  • And the other question is—”

  • “I think I probably have a much higher IQ

  • than you do, I suspect.”

  • And he exaggerated his academic record

  • in law school.

  • “—went back to law school,

  • and in fact ended up

  • in the top half of my class.”

  • And then there were moments like this, repeated later

  • during the campaign.

  • When I marched in the civil rights movement,

  • I marched with tens of thousands of others

  • to change attitudes.”

  • But he never actually marched

  • in the civil rights movement at all.

  • Ultimately, it was accusations of plagiarism

  • in his speeches

  • “I did not know that was

  • a Robert Kennedy quote. My mistake.”

  • that forced him to drop out of the race.

  • “I made some mistakes.”

  • After that,

  • Biden stayed in the Senate,

  • ran again in the 2008 race,

  • became the vice-presidential nominee,

  • and then the vice president,

  • laid low for a little while

  • and now were here.

  • If I’m going to be able to beat Donald Trump in 2020,

  • it’s going to happen here.”

  • And certain things, including a handful

  • of Biden’s vulnerabilities, haven’t changed.

  • He’s still leaning into some of the core messages

  • he highlighted during his first presidential run

  • often emphasizing his profile over policy,

  • promising to put the country on the right path

  • after what he sees as the ills

  • of Republican administrations.

  • Here he is in 1987.

  • “I tell you today that America is a nation at risk.”

  • In 2007.

  • This president is going to be judged,

  • and his administration judged, very harshly by history.”

  • And in 2019.

  • Were in the battle for the soul of this nation.”

  • But Biden has struggled to project himself

  • as a man in step with the times.

  • And parts of his political history

  • continue to haunt him,

  • like his role in the questioning of Anita Hill in 1991.

  • "It is appropriate to ask Professor Hill

  • anything any member wishes to ask her

  • to plumb the depths of her credibility.”

  • And more recently,

  • it was his relationship with personal space.

  • The boundaries of protecting personal space

  • have been reset and I get it.”

  • Throughout his more than four-decade-long career

  • in politics, Biden has become known

  • for his freewheeling charm and authenticity.

  • “I’ve been referred to asMiddle-Class Joe.’

  • It’s not always meant as a compliment.”

  • But his candor has also gotten him into some trouble.

  • “I’ve done some dumb things

  • and I'll do dumb things again.”

  • As the Democratic front-runner,

  • Biden will be under a microscope.

  • The question is whether he can harness the folksy appeal

  • he’s become known for without repeating

  • the mistakes of the past.

The next president of the United States, Joe Biden.”

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バイデン氏の初出馬が失敗した理由|NYTニュース (Why Biden’s First Run for President Failed | NYT News)

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