<span>Photograph: Sam Wolfe/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Sam Wolfe/Reuters

Joe Biden is operating in a historically big Democratic major, in which he has slipped from the best of some polls. His fundraising has dropped and some say he may possibly be also moderate or also old to fight Donald Trump subsequent year.

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But the former vice-president insisted on Saturday that some who back him assume “it’s a common election, me versus Trump” and claimed: “Trump does not want to face me.”

Biden spoke to the Related Press ahead of a town hall in Florence, South Carolina, the 1st southern state to vote.

The former Delaware senator leads the realclearpolitics.com national polling typical by six points from Elizabeth Warren and maintains a wholesome lead in South Carolina itself. But the Massachusetts senator has been surging elsewhere, top in Iowa and New Hampshire, the 1st two states to vote.

“She does not impact my technique, period,” Biden told the AP. “And I’m not becoming facetious. I assume she’s a fine individual, a fantastic candidate, but I didn’t get involved in deciding to run simply because of polling or a unique technique.”

It is not surprising that these who are devoted to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in each way permitted

Kate Bedingfield

He added: “There’s two issues we know for particular. 1, Vladimir Putin does not want me to be president, according to Facebook taking down the Russian advertisements going following me. And two, certainly Trump does not want to face me.”

Biden had mentioned he would not accept assistance from super pacs, which can raise cash for candidates but can’t co-ordinate with them.

But on Thursday his deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield mentioned that when he would nevertheless “push to get rid of private cash from our federal elections … in this time of crisis in our politics, it is not surprising that these who are devoted to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in each way permitted by present law to bring an finish to his disastrous presidency.”

Trump’s attempts to force Ukraine to investigate Biden are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Earlier this month, Biden reported $15.2m raised in the third quarter. That place him fourth in the race, behind Vermont senator Bernie Sanders ($25.3m), Warren ($24.6m) and Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who raised $19.1m and has also surged in Iowa, attracting national headlines.

On Saturday, Biden mentioned: “What I’m told is, there are people today out there who want to take these advertisements on, take him on now, simply because it is a common election, me versus Trump, in their minds ideal now. But I’ve had no conversations with them.”

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It has been reported that some donors, faced with Biden’s stumbles and Warren’s rise as a force for progressive policies, are searching to former New York mayor and media billionaire Michael Bloomberg as a late entrant in the ideological centre.

Biden insisted he would do “very well” in Iowa and New Hampshire but mentioned losses wouldn’t hurt him and South Carolina could “catapult” him to results across the South.

The former vice-president is 76. Sanders is 78 and not too long ago suffered a heart attack. Asked if age mattered, Biden mentioned: “Right now it is a genuine query to ask… Proper now, my age has brought with it a considerable quantity of encounter in government and hopefully wisdom and some sound judgment.”

Asked if he would pledge to only serve one particular term, Biden mentioned: “I really feel fantastic and all I can say is, watch me, you will see. It does not imply I would run a second term. I’m not going to make that judgment at this moment.”