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Biden plays down lack of endorsement from Obama

Joe Biden has announced his bid for the presidency (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Joe Biden has announced his bid for the presidency (Michael Dwyer/AP)

By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont

Former US Vice President Joe Biden has dismissed a reporter's question about why he was not endorsed for 2020 by former President Barack Obama.

Mr Obama issued a statement calling his choice of Mr Biden as a running mate in 2008 "one of the best decisions" he ever made.

Mr Biden arrived in Wilmington, Delaware, yesterday to a crowd of reporters anxious to talk to him after he announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr Biden said he "asked President Obama not to endorse" and: "Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merit."

Asked what separates him from the rest of the massive Democratic field, Mr Biden said: "That will be for the Democrats to decide."

Mr Biden launched his pitch for the presidency by saying the "soul of this nation" is at stake if President Trump is re-elected.

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