The former vice-president, an apostle of the bipartisan heart, has eluded his age once before to win an election and, at 76, could do so again
Caleb Boggs was a second world war hero who had never lost an election. The Republican senator for Delaware enjoyed a 30 -point lead in the polls against an unknown, untested Democrat who was just 29 years old. Yet he was outplayed, and outworked, and lost by 1 %. The David who slayed this Goliath was a good-looking lawyer with a cherish of fast cars. His name was Joe Biden.
The year was 1972 and Biden’s surprising win would induce him the second youngest senator in American record. A few weeks later, he abode the unimaginable : his wife, Neilia, and newborn daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car gate-crash. In a phone call that was recorded, President Richard Nixon told Biden:” She was there when you prevailed a great victory. You enjoyed it together, and now, I’m sure, she’ll be watching you from now on. Good luck to you .”
Nearly half a century later, Biden has again been touched by personal catastrophe- the death of his son, Beau, 46, from psyche cancer- and again stands on the brink of an election race in which his age is front and centre. Now a remarried parent and grandpa and former vice-president, he is expected to announce soon a third bid for the White House despite concerns that, at 76, if he triumphed, he would overtake Donald Trump as the oldest being ever elected US president.