2) After it was discovered that Biden’s campaign stump speech had been copied from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock without proper acknowledgment, he withdrew from the 1988 Democratic presidential candidacy. After finishing fifth in the Iowa Democratic caucuses in January of 2008, he decided to drop out of the run for the presidency.
See United States Presidential Election of 2008 for further information on the 2008 election. Vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden emerged as a leading contender when Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination for president. Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the Democratic Party’s nominees for vice president on August 23, and the nomination was confirmed on August 27.
After defeating McCain and Sarah Palin on November 4, the Obama-Biden ticket won reelection to the U.S. Senate. The day before he was sworn in as vice president on January 20, 2009, he was forced to resign from the Senate. In November 2012, President Obama and Vice President Biden were re-elected for a second term, defeating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Republican ticket.