Sen. Joe Biden, Abortion Advocate, Plans Presidential Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 20, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 20, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Senator Joe Biden, a Delaware Democrat who made a previous bid for the White House, says he will be a presidential candidate in 2008. Biden sought the Democratic nomination in 1988 and has been a longtime abortion advocate.

Biden told a television talk show Sunday that he intends to run for the presidency and will give himself until the end of the year to determine if he can raise the funds to mount a competitive campaign.

"My intention, as I sit here now, is, as I’ve proceeded since last November as if I were going to run. I’m quite frankly going out, seeing whether I can gather the kind of support," he said on the CBS news program "Face the Nation."

"If, in fact, I think that I have a clear shot at winning the nomination by this November or December, then I’m going to seek the nomination," Biden added.

Biden has traditionally scored low marks from the National Right to Life Committee on pro-life legislation, earning a 0% mark in 2005 and a 17% rating from 2003-2004. He has consistently voted in favor of using taxpayer funds to pay for abortions in various circumstances.

Though he voted in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions, Biden backed an amendment endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized unlimited abortions.

The senator dropped out of the 1988 race after news reports revealed he plagiarized a speech and Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, who eventually landed the Democratic nod.

The presidency will be up for grabs in 2008 and both Democrats and Republicans will be jockeying for position as the top contender for their party’s nomination.

Democrats such as John Kerry, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton, and Republicans like Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Rick Santorum, Sam Brownback and Bill Frist are already making plans to attend political events in Iowa and New Hampshire and to meet with party leaders.