Biden Will Launch 2020 Campaign Thursday

DORCHESTER, MA - APRIL 18: Former Vice President Joe Biden reacts in front of a Stop & Shop following a speech in support of striking union workers on April 18, 2019 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Thousands of uni... DORCHESTER, MA - APRIL 18: Former Vice President Joe Biden reacts in front of a Stop & Shop following a speech in support of striking union workers on April 18, 2019 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Thousands of unionized Stop & Shop workers across New England walked off the job last week in an ongoing strike in response to a proposed contract which the United Food & Commercial Workers union says would cut health care benefits and pensions for employees. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Vice President Joe Biden will launch his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday, a source close to the vice president tells TPM.

Biden will join the fray with a video announcing his third bid for president. His team is still nailing down details for his first campaign appearances, but a Monday trip to a union hall in Pittsburgh will be part of the official rollout.

“Thursday is a go,” the source said.

Biden currently leads most national and early-state polls, buoyed by sky-high name recognition, his appeal to blue-collar workers and nostalgia amongst Democrats for the Obama era. But he’s a veteran of two failed presidential bids, and it remains to be seen whether his support grows or declines once he officially enters the race.

Biden is the last major candidate expected to announce his presidential run. The crowded Democratic field is closing in on 20 candidates, the largest in a generation, and Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) currently have the strongest poll numbers in the scattered field.

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