Biden: 'I have the most progressive record of anybody running ... anybody who would run'

Biden: 'I have the most progressive record of anybody running ... anybody who would run'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act MORE hinted at a 2020 presidential campaign, telling an audience that he views himself to be the most progressive of any Democrat running or considering a run for the presidency.

At a speech in Delaware to members of the state Democratic Party, Biden argued that criticism from members of the "New Left," a term used to define progressive who align with principle espoused by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) during his 2016 presidential campaign, was unfounded.

"I'm told I get criticized by the 'New Left,' " Biden told the audience. "I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the ... anybody who would run."

His remarks were punctuated by a standing ovation by Democrats in the room who celebrated Biden's apparent slip up suggesting a presidential run, before the former vice president moved on to aim criticism at President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE.

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"We have to bring this country back together again," Biden continued.

"The world's worst dictators are using [the president's] own words to justify their own abuses of power," he added.

Biden has been considering a 2020 bid for months, and has told reporters since late last year that he was gauging how a run for the presidency would affect his family.

He consistently polls higher than other announced candidates such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), indicating that he would enter the race near the top of the crowded Democratic field if he announced a bid for the White House.