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  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden looks into the crowd as he holds a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. May 1, 2019.

    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden looks into the crowd as he holds a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. May 1, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 4 May 2019

“I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer,” Mr Biden said

Joe Biden, one of the alleged top Democratic runners in the 2020 United States presidential elections, has yet to inform citizens on his intentions for healthcare and foreign policy.

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Benefiting from extremely high name recognition and an ability to enteratain an audience, the former U.S. vice president who served President Barack Obama for two terms said he lacked time to lay out his plans for voters.

“I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer,” Mr Biden said in Iowa City regarding his intentions for healthcare , according to POLITICO.

Biden's closest polling competitor Bernie Sanders who ran against Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, has been stating his plans more explicitly, particularly regarding his universal healthcare plan,  Medicare for All, which is a policy the Vermont senator has introduced repeatedly in Congress. 

Elizabeth Warren, a senator who is also in the running, has stated her intentions to undo the damning effects of student loan debt for thousands of U.S. residents suffering under the crushing weight of oversized interest rates as well as massive principle balances for tuition rates which have also dramatically increased since the 1970s.

The former vice president has instead framed his campaign as a moral battle over "the soul of the nation" as the Democratic party contends with a possible re-election of the incumbent far-right President Donald Trump, a real estate tycoon and reality TV personality.

“We choose hope over fear! We choose unity over division! We choose truth over lies! And we choose science over fiction!” Mr Biden said at that Iowa rally, according to POLITICO. “Remember who we are! This is the United States of America!”

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The 76-year-old moderate is considered too centrist for a Democratic Party yearning for fresh faces and increasingly propelled by its more vocal liberal wing. Biden is one of the few Democratic candidates who voted in favor of the Iraq War. He has also come out in favor of Wall Street.

In 2016 Biden was asked about Bernie Sanders, which is likely to be his main challenger in the primaries, he responded: “I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders,” Biden confirmed in a speech in May 2018. “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. The folks at the top aren’t bad guys.”

Biden also faced new questions about his propensity for touching and kissing strangers at political events, with several women coming forward to say he had made them feel uncomfortable.

The seasoned politician half-apologized saying he recognized standards for personal conduct had evolved in the wake of the Me Too movement, an international campaign for women's rights to exist without gender violence and calling an end to the culture of powerful men harassing women with impunity.

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