Joe Biden: can a veteran centrist win in the polarised age of Trump?

Biden’s book about Beau’s death, Promise Me, Dad, starts with a quotation from the philosopher Immanuel Kant, too long for a bumper sticker or yard sign, but pithy all the same: “Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”

Nearly half a century later, Biden has again been touched by personal catastrophe – the death of his son, Beau, 46, from brain cancer – and again stands on the brink of an election race in which his age is front and centre.

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