The Candidates: Joe Biden – The New York Times

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In Part 4 of our series on pivotal moments in the lives of the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, we examine the Senate career of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mr. Biden came of age during a time of intense racial ferment in Delaware, his adopted state. Having spent his early career building bridges across racial division in Wilmington, Mr. Biden positioned himself as a new type of white politician: always approachable, with meaningful personal relationships in black communities. It was a pitch that helped him, as a 29-year-old political unknown, pull off a stunning electoral upset in 1972 to unseat a popular Republican United States Senator by a margin of less than 1 percent.

“The Candidates: Joe Biden” was hosted by Michael Barbaro, produced by Rachel Quester and Eric Krupke, and edited by Paige Cowett and Larissa Anderson. Astead W. Herndon contributed reporting.

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