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Who should be the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee? Show more Show less

The Democrats are preparing to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential election. The current field is filled with contenders who vary on policy and vision to take the US forward. So, who are the possible top candidates? What are their policies and what do they represent? And could they beat Donald Trump in an election?

Joe Biden Show more Show less

What does Joe Biden stand for? Biden has years of experience that will enable him to be a great President.
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Joe Biden offers "a return to normalcy"

Biden promises a return to the Obama era, a time many Democrats dearly miss in the age of Trump.

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Context

Biden was previously Vice President to Barack Obama, meaning that to many he symbolises the Democratic politics of the Obama era.

The Argument

Biden was the Vice President in one of the most popular administrations of all time.[1] An "Obama-Biden era Democrat", he faithfully sticks to the ethos of the Obama administration. This is something that speaks to voters, as evidenced in polls where he is consistently the first-place Democratic candidate.[2] Voters yearn to go back to a time before the madness of the Trump Presidency, with a candidate that has a sense of decorum, as both Obama and Biden do.[3]

Counter arguments

More to the point, Biden is not Obama. As an old, white man he does not inspire the same hope that Obama did in 2008.[4] Electing Biden as the Democratic candidate does not, and cannot, replicate the Obama administration. Additionally, Biden is not even endorsed by the former President.[1] Biden portrays a nostalgic idea of the Obama administration that does not actually exist. Post-Trump, Americans do not need "business as usual" from the Obama era; they need large scale change.[3] The Obama era failed to the make broad change that many voters see as necessary, such as introducing single-payer healthcare or adequate climate change legislation.

Premises

[P1] Biden symbolises the Democratic party of the Obama era. [P2] Biden, as President, would bring about the return to the Obama era that America needs.

Rejecting the premises

[P2] A return to Obama-era politics is not what America needs. It needs reform with innovative policies.

References

  1. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/report-joe-biden-to-run-obama-nostalgia-campaign.html
  2. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/2020_democratic_presidential_nomination-6730.html
  3. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/01/biden-fans-optimism-trump/604432/
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/25/biden-obama-2020-relationship-1287353

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