Joe Biden


  • Six-time senator from Delaware, originally elected in 1972
  • Served under former President Barack Obama as the 47th vice president of the U.S. between 2009 to 2017
  • Sought out the presidency in 1988 and 2008

Signature policies


  • Worked with Obama on the Affordable Care Act and plans to build on it
  • Advocates for some limits on abortion
  • Opposes Medicare For All but does want to expand healthcare coverage

Unite American Politics

  • Values bipartisanship
  • Wants U.S. to continue to be a leader on the global stage

Domestic policies

Gun Control

  • Supports voluntary buyback program of assault weapons
  • In favor of universal background checks
  • Approves of national firearm registry

Wealth Distribution

  • Raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour
  • Indicates support for paid family and sick leave
  • Plans to study reparations for African-Americans (compensation for years of slavery and discrimination)

Climate Change

  • Supports developing new nuclear technologies
  • Wants to tax carbon emissions
  • Plans to pay farmers to adopt climate friendly practices
  • Wants to end offshore drilling
  • End new oil and gas leases on federal land

Race Relations

  • Prides himself on relations with black voters
  • Says his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) proposal will help Asian Americans


  • Supports making community college free
  • Limiting student loan payments to 5% discretionary income

Policies abroad


  • DACA supports citizenship for dreamers (minors who lived in the U.S. undocumented)
  • Will leave the statute in place on illegal entry

Foreign Policy

  • Restore America as primary example of a working democracy
  • End the Global Gag Rule, which prevents funding international NGOs that discuss abortion
  • Organize and host a global Summit for Democracy
  • End wars in Middle East
  • Promote diplomacy with Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea


  • Record with segregationists to end bussing children to different schools during his freshman term as senator
  • His son, Robert Hunter Biden, sat on board of a Ukrainian gas company during the former's vice presidency. The prosecutor investigating the company was fired based on corruption charges. President Donald Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the incident, leading to his impeachment
  • Alleged pattern of uncomfortable behavior around women during his vice presidency

Sources: Politico, RealClear Politics, Huffington PostWashington Post, NBC News, Reuters, The Guardian

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