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Joe Biden claims world leaders begged him to 'save the world' from Donald Trump as he entered the race for the White House yesterday.
The former vice-president made the claims in a call to campaign donors yesterday as he announced he was joining the field of 20 Democrats vying for the presidency.
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'I get calls from people all over the world. World leaders are calling me, and they're almost begging me to do this, to save the country, save the world,' Biden said according to Politico.
Biden has been frantically garnering support from donors with flights around the US because of his late entry to the race.
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But the former VP, who has twice failed in attempts to become President in 1988 and 2008, is said to have support from several figures in Europe after they praised him during the Munich Security Conference in February.
'His name has a favourable ring in European ears,' the former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt said.
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While Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Nato secretary- general, was also said to have encouraged him to run for President.
Biden unveiled his campaign on Thursday morning with a slick video in which he declared: 'We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.'
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