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Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announces 2020 presidential bid

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Posted at 6:01 AM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 06:01:31-04

(WXYZ) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially declared his candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.

The former vice president's team has been laying the campaign groundwork for months, with Biden's decision growing less secretive or suspenseful by the day. But now that he has given the green light to his advisers, Biden is facing one of the biggest challenges of his half-century career in politics.

He is scheduled to hold his first campaign event in Pittsburgh on Monday, a source said, and plans to hit the road to the early-voting states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire in the coming days.

Biden, 76, would be the second oldest candidate in the race, with the longest record of public service. Only Bernie Sanders, 77, is older.