Former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, announced on April 25, 2019, that he was running in the 2020 presidential election. In his campaign kickoff video, Biden denounced Trump's response to the 2017 white supremacy event in Charlottesville, VA, alleging that giving Trump eight years in office will "fundamentally alter the character of this nation." Biden hired Symone Sanders, press secretary to Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election, as a senior adviser to his campaign.
Biden came under fire in March 2019 when a personal essay by Lucy Flores in New York Magazine revealed that the then-vice president inappropriately touched her, sparking several other women to share similar experiences with the politician. Biden responded to the accusations in a video message, vowing to pay attention to women's experiences and change his behavior.
In September 2019, Biden was at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, sparked by a whistleblower after Trump called on Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukranian gas company while Biden was VP. No evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens has been found.
On March 17, 2020, Biden bested Sanders in three more primaries, bringing his delegate count to 1,147 to Sanders's 861.