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Did Biden Just Accidentally Announce his Presidential Bid? Sure Seems Like it

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have accidentally announced his presidential bid during a candid conversation with reporters Friday.

After Biden appeared at an electrical workers union conference in Washington, D.C. today — his first public appearance since seven women publicly accused the politician of non-consensual touching — he explained to reporters gathered outside the event his strategy for announcing.

“I’m told by the lawyers that I’ve got to be careful with what I say so I don’t start a clock ticking and change my status. But I am very close to making a decision to stand before you all relatively soon,” Biden teased after being asked about his 2020 plans.

He continued by explaining his reasoning for waiting so long — all but confirming his decision to run.

“My intention from the beginning if I were to run was to be the last person to announce,” Biden said. “And so, give everybody else their day, and then I get a shot and then off to the races.”

During the gaggle, Biden also pushed back against the progressive movement’s drift toward socialism.

“I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man, and I’m proud of it,” the former Delaware senator said, later asking reporters to “show me the really, left, left, left winger who beat a Republican” during the 2018 election cycle.

As for the allegations, he told reporters “it is incumbent upon me… to make sure that if you embrace someone, you touch someone, it is with their consent, regardless of your intentions.”

Early primary polls have Biden leading the crowded pack of Democrats running in 2020.

Watch above, via CNN.

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