- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

After months of “will he, won’t he,” former Vice President Joseph R. Biden reportedly is poised to announce his official candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination this Thursday.

The Delaware Democrat will enter the race with an online video Thursday, sources familiar with the plans told CNN.

This contradicts reports last week stating that Mr. Biden would enter the field Wednesday, making him the 20th Democrat to announce his nomination

Mr. Biden is expected to hold his first campaign event in Pittsburgh Monday and is making plans to follow it up with campaign events in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, all early voting states for political primaries.

The former vice president has been polling as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, despite not having officially entered the race.

Mr. Biden said in early April that he is “very close” to deciding whether he will run in the 2020 election.

“Even if I knew for certain I was going to run for president … my intention from the beginning if I were to run would be [to be] the last person to announce. … Give everybody else their day, then I get a shot, then off to the races,” he told a pool of reporters.

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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