WASHINGTON — Hope and change were luxuries of the past. Joe Biden is running on fear.
“If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are,” the former vice president said in a straight-to-camera video declaring his long-awaited entry into the 2020 presidential race Thursday.
“The core values of this nation our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America America is at stake,” he said. “That’s why today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
That message is starkly at odds with the sentiments of a raft of Democratic hopefuls heralding a new era of ultra-progressive policy-making. But it is deeply in line with the antipathy the party’s voters feel toward a president whose rhetoric and policies have often left minorities feeling targeted by their government, threatened the Constitution’s balance of powers and shaken long-standing American alliances around the globe.