No Shocker: Biden Will Run for President

By David Thibault | July 7, 2008 | 8:32pm EDT

( - He won't be the front-runner and he's already run unsuccessfully once before, but U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware said Tuesday he intends to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

With unannounced, but likely candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois attracting much more media attention, Biden said he will clarify his intentions in January and set up the mechanism to be able to raise the millions of dollars he would need to run a campaign.

Biden is the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and it will be that forum that the Delaware senator will use as his main advantage to criticize the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq. Biden is planning three weeks of hearings beginning Jan. 9 on how the Bush team has dealt with Iraq.

But Biden's own opinions about the war are already formed. "We've already broken Iraq. We're about to break the United States military," Biden has told reporters.

Biden ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, but was forced to quit in 1987 when it became clear that he had plagiarized speeches of a British politician.

Tom Vilsack, the Democratic governor of Iowa, where the nation's first presidential caucuses are held, has also announced his candidacy for the White House. The only other Democrat to announce his candidacy is left-wing and eccentric Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

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