Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first child in a vivacious, tight-knit Catholic family. Joseph Biden(D), Presidential Candidate: "Every single person, my dad used to say, no matter who they are, Joe, is entitled to be treated with dignity, a word I think that is probably used more here in Scranton, at least in my experience, than anywhere else. Soon, tough times. His dad's business failed and he moved his family to Delaware for a job. Tony Allen, president of Delaware state university, was a speechwriter for Biden in the '90s. in high school, Biden thrived as an athlete, but classmates called him Dash for his stutter.
He stayed in Delaware for college, and, on a spring break trip, he met an aspiring teacher Neilia Hunter. They married two years later. Biden got a law degree, and almost immediately jumped into local politics in the state's largest county. The 20-something councilman soon had three small children. He also had a growing ambition. and in 1972, Biden ran for U.S. Senate, an utter longshot. By just 3,000 votes, in the end, he won. Biden was an instant national headline.
He stayed in Delaware for college, and, on spring break trip, he met an aspiring teacher Neilia Hunter. They married two years later. Biden got a law degree, and almost immediately jumped into local politics in the state's largest county. The 20-something councilman soon had three small children. He also had a growing ambition. and in 1972, Biden ran for U.S. Senate, an utter longshot. By just 3,000 votes in the end, he won. Biden was an instant national headline.
Days after the election, he turned 30 and celebrated with his wife. but one month after that, a tragedy-a car crash took the lives of Neilia and their 1-year-old daughter, Naomi. their sons Hunter and Beau were injured. and Biden who initially considered resigning was sworn into the Senate from beside Beau's hospital bed. Biden commuted on Amtrak some four hours a day to be home with his kids at night. Things started moving quickly. In 1975, Biden was placed on the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and, a few years later on the Judiciary Committee. He met teacher, Jill Tracy Jacobs. And despite some proposal rejections, they married two years later, with the blessings of young Hunter and Beau. Still commuting to Washington by train, in the 1980s, Biden's life and profile grew. Daughter Ashley was born. And 1987 marked his first campaign for president. Almost immediately Biden ran into trouble. He had taken to quoting a British Labor Party in his speeches. Back on Capitol Hill, Biden faced questions about the alleged plagiarism. Within one week he would drop out of the race, just as he faced another test. Biden, now the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, oversaw the confirmation hearing of Judge Robert H. Bork to the supreme court. It was sharp from the beginning. Bork failed his confirmation vote. Just a few months later, in 1988, a health crisis. Biden suffered two life-threatening aneurysms. a full seven month of recovery later, he returned to the Senate floor. Biden got back to work, and, as the '90s opened, a new test, the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the supreme court. Biden was still Judiciary Chairman. the committee learned about charges of sexual harassment against Thomas from former assistant Anita Hill, other women came forward to testify, but Biden agreed with republicans to limit the testimony to Hill alone.
1n 2012, on NBC's "Meet the Press" Biden was asked about gay marriage, something the Obama White House had not yet endorsed. Biden said I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.
- In January 2019, Biden said "We need border security but that's not the border security we need" in reference to the wall Trump demanded lawmakers give him the funds to end the partial government shutdown.
- Biden was also vice president when former President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants taken to the United States as minors.
- Biden has rejected giving drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants as recently as 2007.
Just like so many times in his life, after facing personal tragedy, Biden fought his way back to run in 2020. For the first time in his life, he won a presidential primary, and then the votes for the nomination itself.