January 8, 2007
Biden Joins List of Presidential Contenders
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware on Sunday
became the fourth Democrat to formally announce plans to run for
president next year.
"I am running for president," Mr. Biden said toward the end of an
appearance on "Meet the Press" on NBC.
"I'm going to be Joe Biden, and I'm going to try to be the best Biden
I can be," he said. "If I can, I got a shot. If I can't, I lose."
He said he would file paperwork by the end of the month to establish
an exploratory committee to gather support for his bid.
Mr. Biden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1972, also sought
the presidential nomination in 1988. But he dropped out of the race
after admitting that he had used speeches by other politicians without
attribution, and after reports that he had plagiarized while in law
Mr. Biden, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, joins a
widening field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. The others who
have officially announced their candidacies are former Senator John
Edwards of North Carolina, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio
and Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa.
Other potential Democratic contenders include Senators Hilary Rodham
Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois. Among Republicans,
Senator John McCain of Arizona, former Gov. George E. Pataki of New
York and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, are
expected to run.