101 Facts About Joe Biden

1. Joe Biden married Jill Joe Biden as his second wife on June 17, 1977.

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2. Joe Biden married Neilia on August 27, 1966, in a ceremony held in a Catholic church.

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3. In 2008, Joe Biden wrote a book called Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics.

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4. Joe Biden became known for his foreign policy while in the Senate.

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5. Joe Biden has spent almost his entire adult life in government.

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6. Joe Biden is one of the early frontrunners to be the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential election.

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7. Joe Biden considered a presidential run in 2016, but ultimately decided against it.

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8. Joe Biden won reelection in 1978 and five times after that.

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9. Joe Biden became vice president of the United States after spending 36 years as a US senator from Delaware.

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10. Joe Biden was a member of the International Narcotics Control Caucus and was the lead senator in writing the law that established the office of "drug czar", a position that oversees the national drug-control policy.

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11. Joe Biden is fond of saying that he talks about working families so often his colleagues called him "Middle-Class Joe.

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12. Joe Biden was named to the Little League Hall of Excellence in 2009.

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13. In 2008, Joe Biden received the Best of Congress Award, for "improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies", from Working Mother magazine.

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14. Joe Biden co-sponsored the Sense of the Senate resolution calling on the United States to be a part of the United Nations climate negotiations and the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, the most stringent climate bill in the United States Senate.

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15. Joe Biden has a lifetime liberal 72 percent score from the ADA through 2004, while the ACU awarded Biden a lifetime conservative rating of 13 percent through 2008.

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16. Joe Biden has supported deficit spending on fiscal stimulus in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the increased infrastructure spending proposed by the Obama administration; mass transit, including Amtrak, bus, and subway subsidies; same-sex marriage; and the reduced military spending proposed in the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2014 budget.

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17. Joe Biden told a forum held in Bogota, Colombia, on July 17, 2018, that he would decide whether or not to formally declare as a candidate by January 2019.

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18. Joe Biden reasserted his ambivalence about running on an appearance of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on December 7, in which he stated "never say never" about running for President in 2020, while admitting he did not see a scenario in which he would run for office again.

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19. On March 22, 2017, Joe Biden referred to the Republican healthcare bill as a "tax bill" meant to transfer nearly US$1 trillion used for health benefits for the lower classes to wealthy Americans during his first appearance on Capitol Hill since Trump's inauguration.

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20. In October 2018, Joe Biden said if Democrats retake the House of Representatives, "I hope they don't [impeach Trump].

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21. In 2017, Joe Biden was named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security while leading the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

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22. Joe Biden took time to meet with Martin O'Malley, having previously met with Bernie Sanders.

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23. In January 2016, Joe Biden affirmed that not running was the right decision, but admitted to regretting not running for President "every day.

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24. Joe Biden issued federal guidelines while presenting a speech at the University of New Hampshire.

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25. Joe Biden continued to be in the forefront as, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Obama administration put forth executive orders and proposed legislation towards new gun control measures.

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26. Joe Biden was inaugurated to a second term in the early morning of January 20, 2013, at a small ceremony in his official residence with Justice Sonia Sotomayor presiding.

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27. Joe Biden faced his Republican counterpart, Representative Paul Ryan, in the lone 2012 vice presidential debate on October 11 in Danville, Kentucky.

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28. Joe Biden was officially nominated for a second term as vice president on September 6 by voice vote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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29. Joe Biden had spent the most time bargaining with Congress on the debt question of anyone in the administration, and one Republican staffer said, "Biden's the only guy with real negotiating authority, and [McConnell] knows that his word is good.

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30. Joe Biden lost an internal debate to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding his opposition to sending 21,000 new troops to the war in Afghanistan.

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31. Joe Biden is the first United States Vice President from Delaware and the first Roman Catholic to attain that office.

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32. Joe Biden became the 47th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2009, when he was inaugurated alongside President Barack Obama.

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33. Joe Biden chose veteran Democratic lawyer and aide Ron Klain to be his chief of staff, and Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney to be his director of communications.

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34. Joe Biden campaigned in some normally Republican states, as well as in areas with large Catholic populations.

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35. On October 2, 2008, Joe Biden participated in the campaign's one vice presidential debate with Palin.

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36. Joe Biden attacked McCain heavily, despite a long-standing personal friendship; he would say, "That guy I used to know, he's gone.

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37. Joe Biden was officially nominated for vice president on August 27 by voice vote at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

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38. Joe Biden had earlier been criticized in July 2006 for a remark he made about his support among Indian Americans: "I've had a great relationship.

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39. Joe Biden touted his record in the Senate as the head of major congressional committees and his experience on foreign policy.

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40. Joe Biden made a formal announcement to Tim Russert on Meet the Press, stating he would "be the best Biden I can be.

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41. Joe Biden declared his candidacy for President on January 31, 2007, after having discussed running for months prior.

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42. Joe Biden had thought about running for president again ever since his failed 1988 bid.

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43. Joe Biden comes from a long line of working people in Scranton—auto salesmen, car dealers, people who know how to make a sale.

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44. Joe Biden allowed an amendment to the bill to increase the homestead exemption for homeowners declaring bankruptcy and fought for an amendment to forbid anti-abortion felons from using bankruptcy to discharge fines; the overall bill was vetoed by Bill Clinton in 2000 but then finally passed as the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005, with Biden supporting it.

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45. Joe Biden was a sponsor of bankruptcy legislation during the 2000s, which was sought by MBNA, one of Delaware's largest companies, and other credit card issuers.

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46. In 1975, Joe Biden broke from liberal orthodoxy when he took legislative action to limit desegregation busing.

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47. In March 2004, Joe Biden secured the brief release of Libyan democracy activist and political prisoner Fathi Eljahmi, after meeting with leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli.

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48. Joe Biden had voted against authorization for the Gulf War in 1991, siding with 45 of the 55 Democratic senators; he said the US was bearing almost all the burden in the anti-Iraq coalition.

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49. Joe Biden became interested in the Yugoslav Wars after hearing about Serbian abuses during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991.

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50. Joe Biden was critical of the actions of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the 1990s Whitewater controversy and Lewinsky scandal investigations, and said "it's going to be a cold day in hell" before another Independent Counsel is granted the same powers.

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51. Joe Biden has had no recurrences or effects from the aneurysms since then.

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52. Joe Biden was attempting to become the youngest president since John F Kennedy.

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53. Joe Biden clashed again with the Reagan administration in 1986 over economic sanctions against South Africa; he received considerable attention when he excoriated Secretary of State George P Shultz at a Senate hearing because of the administration's support of that country, which continued to practice the apartheid system.

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54. Joe Biden would credit her with renewing his interest in both politics and life.

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55. In 1975, Joe Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs, who grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and would become a teacher in Delaware.

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56. Joe Biden won the November 7, 1972 election in an upset by a margin of 3,162 votes.

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57. Joe Biden served on the County Council from 1970 to 1972 while continuing his private law practice.

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58. Joe Biden disliked the conservative racial politics of incumbent Democratic Governor of Delaware Charles L Terry and supported a more liberal Republican, Russell W Peterson, who defeated Terry in 1968.

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59. Joe Biden received student draft deferments during this period, at the peak of the Vietnam War, and in 1968, he was reclassified by the Selective Service System as not available for service due to having had asthma as a teenager.

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60. Joe Biden received his Juris Doctor in 1968, graduating 76th of 85 in his class.

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61. Joe Biden told her that he aimed to become a senator by the age of 30 and then President.

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62. Joe Biden earned his bachelor's in 1965 from the University of Delaware, with a double major in history and political science, graduating with a class rank of 506 out of 688.

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63. Joe Biden was the first of four siblings in a Catholic family, with a sister and two brothers.

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64. In 2008, Joe Biden was chosen as the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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65. Joe Biden has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties.

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66. Joe Biden voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002, but opposed the surge of US troops in 2007.

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67. Joe Biden opposed the Gulf War in 1991, but advocated US and NATO intervention in the Bosnian War in 1994 and 1995.

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68. Joe Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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69. Joe Biden was first elected to the US Senate in 1972, when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history.

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70. Joe Biden became an attorney in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970.

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71. Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware.

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72. Joe Biden adopts adorable rescue dog named Major after fostering him.

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73. Joe Biden adopts Delaware rescue dog after fostering him for months.

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74. Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major.

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75. Joe Biden is speaking and reading from his best-selling memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.

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76. Joe Biden exits Wilmington voting booth on Election Day, becomes a meme online.

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77. Joe Biden was caught on camera emerging from a voting booth.

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78. Joe Biden emerged from a polling booth like Batman, and now there are memes.

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79. Vice President Joe Biden has announced the "American Promise Tour" and it includes a stop right here in Missoula.

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80. Joe Biden campaigns for Tammy Baldwin, Tony Evers: 'We're in a battle for America's soul'.

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81. Joe Biden was in the area on Friday with Democratic Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado for a "get out the vote" rally in Kingston.

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82. Joe Biden will be the featured speaker at a "get out the vote" rally at Valley Forge High School.

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83. Joe Biden appeared at Valley Forge High School with a slew of party.

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84. Joe Biden returns to Northeast Ohio for second time this week to stump for Democrats.

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85. On June 25, 2016, Joe Biden received the freedom of County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

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86. In 2008, Joe Biden received the Best of Congress Award, for "improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies", from Working Mother magazine.

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87. Joe Biden received the Chancellor Medal from his alma mater, Syracuse University, in 1980, and in 2005, he received the George Arents Pioneer Medal—Syracuse's highest alumni award—"for excellence in public affairs.

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88. Joe Biden has often been mentioned by media outlets as a potential candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Donald Trump.

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89. On March 22, 2017, Joe Biden referred to the Republican healthcare bill as a "tax bill" meant to transfer nearly 1 trillion USD used for health benefits for the lower classes to wealthy Americans during his first appearance on Capitol Hill since Trump's inauguration.

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90. In January 2016, Joe Biden affirmed not running was the right decision, but he admitted to regretting not running for President "every day.

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91. On December 8, 2016, Joe Biden went to Ottawa to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

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92. On December 8, 2015, Joe Biden spoke in Ukraine's parliament in Kiev in one of his many visits to set USA aid and policy stance for Ukraine.

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93. In December 2012, Joe Biden was named by Obama to head the Gun Violence Task Force, created to address the causes of gun violence in the United States in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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94. Joe Biden apologized to Obama in private for having spoken out, while Obama acknowledged publicly it had been done from the heart.

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95. Joe Biden said Iraq "could be one of the great achievements of this administration.

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96. Joe Biden was named to head the new White House Task Force on Working Families, an initiative aimed at improving the economic well being of the middle class.

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97. Joe Biden had continued to run for his Senate seat as well as for Vice President, as permitted by Delaware law.

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98. In the initial contest on January 3, 2008, Joe Biden placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses, garnering slightly less than one percent of the state delegates.

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99. At a 2007 campaign event, Joe Biden said, "I know a lot of my opponents out there say I'd be a great Secretary of State.

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100. In May 1999, Joe Biden became the youngest senator to cast 10,000 votes.

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101. Joe Biden was instead a leading advocate for dividing Iraq into a loose federation of three ethnic states.

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