PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Joe Biden has bragged he’s been answering pleas from around the globe to “save the world” from Donald Trump.
After declaring standing in the 2020 presidential election was a duty, Biden said he was answering a call not just from Americans but from world leaders too.
Biden claimed: "I get calls from people all over the world.
“World leaders are calling me, and they're almost begging me to do this, to save the country, save the world.”
But Trump mocked Biden hours later, branding him “Sleepy Joe”.
The 45th US President also questioned the former vice president’s intelligence.
He tweeted: “Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe.
“I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign.
“It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”
Mr Biden announced his run for the democratic presidential nomination today, following months of speculation.
The 76-year-old broke his silence in a three-and-a-half-minute video and made a jab at Mr Trump.
'BATTLE FOR SOUL OF NATION'
Biden said: “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.
“The core values are standing in the world. Everything that has made America is at stake.
“That's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.
“If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation – who we are.
“And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
Mr Biden joins a list long list of 20 other candidates including Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders.
The prominent politician’s announcement comes as a new poll suggested he could beat Mr Trump in a race for the White House.
Mr Biden was leading by 42 per cent to 34 per cent in a head-to-head with the president, according to a poll conducted from April 19-21 among 1,922 registered by Morning Consult/Politico.
The former vice president was ahead of Mr Trump among millennials, women and independent voters.
Shortly after Mr Biden’s announcement, former President Barack Obama broke his silence to praise him but did not issue a formal endorsement.
Mr Obama’s spokeswoman Katie Hill said: “President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made.
“He relied on the vice president’s knowledge, insight and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency.
“The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”
Mr Biden faced multiple allegations of touching women inappropriately earlier this year.
At least seven women came forward claiming the then-vice president displayed unwanted and inappropriate behaviour.
Earlier this month, he addressed the allegations in a video promising to be more “mindful and respectful”.
He claimed his close contact with people is how he shows he cares, but Mr Biden also acknowledged that times have changed.
Mr Biden said: “I’ll always believe that governing, quite frankly life for that matter, is about connecting with people.
"That won’t change, but I will be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space – and that’s a good thing."
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