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By Mike Memoli
DOVER, Share. – Joe Biden almost declared his candidacy several weeks before the plan when he explained the announcement he would make to the campaign and told his home state democrats that he had "the most progressive record of someone running" even as he appealed for a return to consensus on bridge construction.
Biden's keynote address for the Delaware Democrat Party's largest annual fundraising dinner was not supposed to be a message speech. But for the second time in less than a week he went close to the line when he received a very friendly audience.
Speaking longing for what he called the "Delaware Way" policy in a small state where Republicans and Democrats can fight but respectfully – Biden noted that he was sometimes criticized for what he called " New Left ".
"I have the most progressive record of someone running," he said, asking for a standing ovation from hundreds and a quick correction from the former vice president. "I didn't mean it. Of anyone who would run!"
"We must bring this country back together," he said, returning to his greater argument that reaching agreement is critical.
Biden regretted how the nation's political debate has become "so pointless, so indifferent, so vicious that we cannot control ourselves." But he also wondered President Donald Trump to break the country's democratic institutions and said the dangers his administration "are not hypothetical or exaggerated. That's right. It's existential."
"We wake up better to what's happening right in front of our eyes," he said. "If you asked me a few years ago whether our American democracy would ever crumble, I would have laughed at you."
Biden was shut down by suggesting that what motivated voters in 2018 to lift Democrats to the office across the country was what he could offer in 2020.
"Everywhere I went there was an insatiable desire from Republicans as well as Democrats for high-ranking women and men driving to the public office," he said. "People make their decisions more about what they think is the character and authenticity of the candidate than a particular position they take on a problem. Voters understood that our country's character was on the ballot, and they stood up and they spoke. And we won. "
Biden's speech on Saturday came to some of an informal deadline among his political team for a final decision on the race as they see a potential from April to mid-April.
Speakers before Biden dreamed all the probability of a Biden candidacy, even as he insisted that no final decision has been made.
Speaking with journalists before dinner had beds of Chris Coons (D-Del.) A little doubt about Bid's plans.
"He told me he's just sure to run," he said.