S.C. solidifies

Biden vs. Trump

Joe Biden’s big victory in South Carolina changed everything.

The triumph pretty much propelled Biden into presidential candidacy, thrusting the former Vice President into a duel with Donald Trump.

Sure, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are still around, but Super Tuesday added another couple of hurdles for those two to clear.

Biden’s win in South Carolina prompted Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg to halt their campaigns and virtually simultaneously endorse Biden.

Klobuchar tweeted the following: “We need a candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020.”

If those two were home run endorsements, Biden got the money ball endorsement on Wednesday.

Tweeted Mike Bloomberg: “Three months ago, I entered the race to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I’m leaving for the same reason. Defeating Trump starts with United behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. It’s clear that is my friend and a great American, @joebiden.”

Biden is a Democrat the party can, and will, unite and get behind because of his experience and because he poses the most viable threat to unseat Trump.

Get ready for Biden vs. Trump. It’ll be the first time in history both candidates will be in their 70s.

But there will be plenty of energy from both sides — mainly because the supporters will be fervent in rooting on either one.

This newspaper isn’t endorsing either one, at least for now. That would be jumping the gun anyway. But these last few days have supplied a clear boost for Biden.

For several reasons, four years ago wasn’t the right time for Biden to run.

And for a while, it seemed as if 2020 wasn’t going to be ideal for him, either.

Then, well, South Carolina.

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