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Joe Biden: can a veteran centrist win in the polarised age of Trump? | US news

Caleb Boggs was a second world war hero who had never lost an election. The Republican senator for Delaware enjoyed a 30-point lead in the polls against an unknown, untested Democrat who was just 29 years old. Yet he was outplayed, and outworked, and lost by 1%. The David who slayed this Goliath was a good-looking lawyer with a love of fast cars. His name was Joe Biden.The year was 1972 and Biden’s astounding win would make him the second youngest senator in American history. A few weeks later, he endured the unimaginable: his wife, Neilia, and baby daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car crash. In a phone call that was recorded, President Richard Nixon told Biden: “She was there when you won a great victory. You enjoyed it together, and now, I’m sure, she’ll be watching you from now on. Good luck to you.”Nearly half a century later, Biden has again been touched by personal catastrophe – the death of his son, Beau, 46, from brain cancer – and again stands on the brink of an election race in which his age is front and centre. Now a remarried father and grandfather and former vice-president, he is expected to announce soon a third bid for the White House despite concerns that, at 76, if he won, he would overtake Donald Trump as the oldest person ever elected US president.FacebookTwitterPinterest Joseph Biden and his first wife Neilia cut his 30th birthday cake at a party in Wilmington. His son Hunter waits for the first piece. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Sign up for the US morning briefing “His career began when he was often criticised as too young to run,” said Jeff Wilser, author of The Book of Joe. “How cool would it be to bookend his career by winning another election where his age is an issue?”Age, however, is not the only question. With Michael Bloomberg and Sherrod Brown opting out of presidential bids, Biden is seen as the flag-bearer for Democratic centrists at a moment when the party is tilting to the left.He is a white man at a moment when the party has a record number of women and candidates of colour. He is an evangelist for bipartisanship at a moment of polarisation. He is a foreign policy stalwart at a moment when expertise has fallen into disrepute. He is famously tactile with women at a moment when #MeToo has redrawn the boundaries of personal space.And yet, he might just pull it off..If the Charcoal Pit, a roadside diner in Wilmington, Delaware, was deciding the Democratic primary, it would already be game over. Biden is a regular customer and beloved figure who never turns down a selfie request. His favourite meal is plain cheesesteak with a $4.75 black and white milkshake (like Trump, he is a teetotaler). Staff remember him showing off his new car, huddling with them late at night to talk about foreign policy and bringing President Obama for a meal. Read more Joseph Grabowski, 67, part of the restaurant management team, has known Biden most of his life. “One night in the 90s he came in when we were cleaning up and sat down with us for an hour. He was talking about the Taliban, how they live, how they eat, everything. He’s brilliant. I would like to see him give the presidency a shot. I think that was his son’s dying wish.”Such views are typical in Delaware, the second smallest state in the union after Rhode Island, where “Amtrak welcomes you to Wilmington’s Joseph R Biden Jr Railroad Station” and at least one “Joe Biden scented candle” can be seen. Its adopted son, admirers say, has walked with kings (and presidents and prime ministers) yet shown the common touch. The latter is often attributed to Delaware’s size, where retail politics is king, and his prior upbringing.Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble city known for two things: coal and The Office. When Ricky Gervais’s hit comedy series was looking for the US equivalent of the UK’s Slough as a symbol of dead-end ennui, it settled in Scranton. But Biden mused last year: “If you listen to Barack, you’d think I climbed out of a coalmine with a lunch bucket from Scranton in my hand. It’s not true.” His father was “a white-collar worker”, he added, who moved the family to Delaware to work as a car salesman when Biden was 10.FacebookTwitterPinterest Senator Joseph Biden addresses a Washington press conference on the Salt II arms control treaty in October 1979. Photograph: Charles Harrity/AP The young Biden had a stutter but, Wilser’s book notes, spent hours in front of a mirror, memorising and reciting poems as well as the declaration of independence. Eventually he conquered the stutter and found that all the practising made him an accomplished public speaker.Biden married Neilia Hunter in 1966; they had a son, Beau, in 1969, followed by another son, Hunter, and daughter Naomi. Having studied at Syracuse Law School, finishing 76th in a class of 85, Biden worked as a lawyer, joined the county council and got known in Democratic politics in Delaware. Then came that longshot Senate race against Boggs in 1972.Wilser writes in The Book of Joe: “The Democratic party bigwigs knew they couldn’t beat Caleb Boggs. So they needed someone expendable, a sacrificial lamb.” Biden himself writes in his memoir, Promises to Keep: “The smart guys covering Delaware politics didn’t give me a snowman’s chance in August.”It now seems hard to believe that Biden was the young, scrappy and hungry Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of his day, pounding the streets, holding coffee sessions and giving speeches as he battled a seemingly unassailable incumbent. Mike Castle, a former governor of Delaware, recalled:“I remember going to a house and picking up this brochure for Joe Biden. It was all these senators endorsing him. I was very impressed by that.”Biden won by little more than 3,000 votes. He would serve in the Senate for the next 36 years, commuting from Wilmington by train and building a reputation for reaching across the aisle to Republicans such as John McCain. It was an approach shaped by Delaware pragmatism. Castle, a Republican, said: “Delaware has been that way for some time now …We worked very hard as an administration to make everyone feel comfortable, whatever we were trying to do. That’s carried over to a lot of the dealings in Washington.”FacebookTwitterPinterest Biden, then the Senate judiciary committee chairman, chats with Robert Bork on the first day of hearings to confirm him as a supreme court justice in 1987. Photograph: Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images But...

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