Joe Biden may be more left-wing as president than expected

The Democratic next president of the US has somehow become the man for the moment

 People take to the streets in Los Angeles to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US presidential election. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP via Getty Images

People take to the streets in Los Angeles to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US presidential election. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP via Getty Images

As Joe Biden took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday night promising a new beginning for America, it was easy to forget that his victory was not preordained.

Nine months ago, the day of the Democratic Nevada caucuses, I went into a small, electrical workers’ union building on the outskirts of Las Vegas to hear from the former vice-president. Biden had already lost badly in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. While he performed better in Nevada, many were writing off his candidacy.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.