Pitfalls loom for front-runner Biden

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Published on May 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

Pitfalls loom for front-runner Biden

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has shown surprising strength in the first three weeks of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting a persistent question: Can anyone stop him?

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Pitfalls loom for front-runner Biden

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JOE BIDEN SUPPORTER SAYING: "There he is!" He's held a significant lead in polls over the other 23 Democratic candidates vying to take on U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "But I'm looking at it I don't know what the hell happened to Biden?" And that's got President Trump treating him like his top threat.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Bernie's got a lot more energy than Biden so you never know." So the question is… can anyone stop the Former Vice President?

NATS: "We want Joe!" Ahead of his formal campaign launch Saturday, Joe Biden has managed to seemingly put to rest concerns about whether he's out of step with the Democratic party.

Just this week he responded to a jab by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who attacked his middle of the road climate plan.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "I've never been middle of the road on climate.

And tell her to look at my record." And presidential strategists told Reuters that while they expect others to eventually become top contenders, that the perception among some voters that Biden may be a safer choice to take on Trump than a less-known politician- could also give him a boost.

Despite his strength in the first three weeks of his campaign some hurdles may still lie ahead.

The first comes next month when his competitors get a chance to take him on in the first of a dozen Democratic presidential debates.

… where he could find himself the main target of attacks - particularly from progressives, who will be eager to pounce on his record, which they view as too moderate.

76-year-old Biden will also need to defend his age and seem vigorous and energetic at debates, according to one strategist.

If elected, Biden would be the oldest U.S. president ever.

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