Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage- Former Vice President Joseph Biden

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Basic Information:

Name:  Former Vice President Joseph “Joe” Biden

Age: 76 Years Old

State: Delaware

Occupations:  Former Vice President (2008 to 2017); Former Senator from Delaware (1973- 2008)

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Announcement Date: April 25, 2019

Motto:  Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead

(Source: Biden- Source#1; Campaign)

Accomplishments as Former Vice President:

  • As Vice President, Biden has continued to state that he will bring back President Obama’s successful reforms  related to climate change, economic, as well as employment policies

  • Biden is a moderate Democrat, his beliefs and rationale stand well with the blue-collar voters in the Midwestern states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wiscosnin, and Minnesota)

  • Strongly supports the Violence Against Women Act (25th Anniversary in 2019)

  • Along with Former President Obama, Biden is committed to Affordable Care Act

  • Supporter of Labor Unions, providing AFL-CIO and has strong motives related to innovative reforms to help their respective members in all fields

(Source: Biden- Accomplishments )

Signature Issues:

In 2016 many people thought that Biden would have thrown his hat in the 2016 presidential elections, he did not due to a major family loss. Biden started to bring attention to himself as a viable candidate in 2018 when he campaigned for several Democrats in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (during the Midterms). In April 2019, Biden announced that he would run for the 2020 Presidential Democratic Primaries in order to “unify” America and “heal” America and bring policies like- universal health care, climate change, progressive social justice, employment for all Middle Class, immigration, and criminal justice system into the focus of the presidency.

(Source: Biden- 2020 Vision)

Additional Positions on:

Disability Rights:

  • According to Parsi’s article at Medium.com, Biden is…

    • “True”- Biden grew up with a stuttering disorder; he outgrew it and respected others whom live with disabilities for facing their adversity while growing up.

    • “Sponsor”- one of many sponsors on IDEA and cosponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    • “Vision”- Worked, developed, and projected the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

(Source: Biden- Disabilities)

Women Rights:

  • Biden “suttered” related to his rationales concerning his voting record on the Hyde Amendment (it stands for banning full federal funds for the abortion clinics and practicing physicians who perform abortions for women).

  • Biden continued to explain his strong standing and support for the Violence against Women Act, it will celebrate 25th anniversary this year. 

  • Biden also continued to state that he would push for full reproductive rights for all women when he is elected President.

  • Biden vowed to push for full equal pay for Women. 

(Source: Biden- Women)

LGBT Rights:

  • Biden was the Vice President when United States Supreme Court declared the Equality Act a constitutional law for all LGBTQ+ couples to marry in 2012

  • Biden continues to resonate that he will push for comprehensive protections for all LGBTQ+ when elected.

  • Biden vowed to push for workforce protections for all LGBTQ+.

  • Not just that, Biden promised to reverse Trump’s current ban on transgender ban in the armed forces.

(Source:Biden- LGBTQ+)

Criminal Justice Reform: 

  • Similar to other Democratic candidates, Biden repeatedly stated that he would do the following actions as President: 

    • Reform federal sentencing laws and criminal justice system.

    • New legislative actions towards former offenders to assist them in becoming more involved within the society after commuting time.

    • Strengthen the “landmark” Violence Against Women Act

    • Creating new innovative ideas for reunifying communities between middle and low-income classes

(Source: Biden- Criminal Justice)

Health Care:

  • Biden was Vice President at the time when President Obama pushed the Affordable Care Act into action, providing every American with a public option for accessing health care.

  • Biden promised to strengthen the Affordable Care Act with more provisions to include all Americans.

  • Biden repeatedly stated that he would want to include a comprehensive mental health care provision into the Affordable Care Act as well in the wake of multiple gun shootings.

(Source: Biden- Health Care)

Climate Change:

  • Biden continuously stated that he believes in Climate Change. Biden would like America to return to the innovations of think tanks to rebuild solar power, wind power, and other sources of power rather than oil.

  • Biden is also a supporter of the Green New Deal, stating “it’s a crucial framework to rebuild what challenges we face” 

  • Biden downplays his 2020 Climate Change Plan (“The Biden Plan”) as follows:

    • USA will achieve a 100% clean energy economy and reaches a net-zero emissions no later than 2050.

    • Build a stronger, more resilient nation

    • Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change

    • Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities 

    • Fulfill our obligation to workers and communities who powered our industrial revolution and subsequent decades of economic growth

(Source: The Biden Plan)