"Look Me Over" - Joe Biden's 2020 Redemption


Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. paraphrased the line time and again throughout his 2020 campaign.


"Look me over. If you like what you see, help me out. If not, vote for the other person, but give me a look."


Caucus-goers in Iowa did just that and awarded him fourth place. The campaign immediately began to lower expectations for the next contest. In the following days, Biden continued to ask voters to consider him, but by February 11, the day of the New Hampshire primary, he was thanking supporters and moving on. He skipped his scheduled primary night party to fly to South Carolina, where he held an evening rally as New Hampshire results rolled in. He placed fifth.


It would be the lowest point of his campaign. But redemption was around the corner. Within two weeks, Biden was riding high atop his lead in South Carolina.


"Look me over."


He finished first with almost 50 percent of the vote. Over the next few days, endorsements from former opponents streamed in, including an in-person endorsement from Pete Buttigieg. The consolidated support was a turning point in the nomination fight. Biden's best days were upon him. On Super Tuesday, he won 10 states and cemented his delegate count lead over his remaining rivals.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in Gilford, N.H., on February 10, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in Gilford, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in Gilford, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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People wait to hopefully meet Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.
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People wait to hopefully meet Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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People wait to hopefully meet Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reaches around Elizabeth Warren to greet Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer on stage during the Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., on February 7, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reaches around Elizabeth Warren to greet Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer on stage during the Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., on February 7, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reaches around Elizabeth Warren to greet Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer on stage during the Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., on February 7, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., walks away after speaking to reporters at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., walks away after speaking to reporters at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., walks away after speaking to reporters at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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Speech text is seen on screens during a campaign event with teleprompters with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at The Rex Theatre in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.
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Speech text is seen on screens during a campaign event with teleprompters with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at The Rex Theatre in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.

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Speech text is seen on screens during a campaign event with teleprompters with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at The Rex Theatre in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., drops off donuts to local school bus drivers during a shift change at First Student in Nashua, N.H., on February 10, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., drops off donuts to local school bus drivers during a shift change at First Student in Nashua, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., drops off donuts to local school bus drivers during a shift change at First Student in Nashua, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., takes photos with audience members at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., takes photos with audience members at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., takes photos with audience members at the end of a campaign event in Concord, N.H., on February 4, 2020.

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Signs during a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.
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Signs during a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Signs during a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event with his wife Jill Biden at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event with his wife Jill Biden at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event with his wife Jill Biden at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event at Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, N.H., on February 9, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event at Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, N.H., on February 9, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., attends a campaign event at Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, N.H., on February 9, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., visits the Londonderry Central Fire Station in Londonderry, N.H., on February 10, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., visits the Londonderry Central Fire Station in Londonderry, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., visits the Londonderry Central Fire Station in Londonderry, N.H., on February 10, 2020.

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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., clean up their area outside the polling location at Main Dunstable Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020.
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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., clean up their area outside the polling location at Main Dunstable Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020.

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 Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., clean up their area outside the polling location at Main Dunstable Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020.

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A sign with the words "our best days still lie ahead" is seen in a Biden field office in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.
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A sign with the words "our best days still lie ahead" is seen in a Biden field office in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.

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A sign with the words "our best days still lie ahead" is seen in a Biden field office in Manchester, N.H., on February 8, 2020.

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At his last campaign stop of the day before traveling to South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gets back on his bus after visiting supporters in Nashua, NH, on presidential primary Election Day, Feb. 11, 2020.
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At his last campaign stop of the day in New Hampshire before traveling to South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., gets back on his bus after visiting supporters at a polling location at Main Dunstable Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020.

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At his last campaign stop of the day in New Hampshire before traveling to South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., gets back on his bus after visiting supporters at a polling location at Main Dunstable Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020.

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An empty stage is seen during a primary night event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020. Biden traveled to South Carolina earlier in the evening and did not appear in Nashua as previously scheduled.

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An empty stage is seen during a primary night event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., on presidential primary Election Day, February 11, 2020. Biden traveled to South Carolina earlier in the evening and did not appear in Nashua as previously scheduled.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leans forward to confirm the campaign's order has been paid for at Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, South Carolina, U.S., February 27, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leans forward to confirm the campaign's order has been paid for at Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, South Carolina, U.S., February 27, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leans forward to confirm the campaign's order has been paid for at Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, South Carolina, U.S., February 27, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks after being endorsed for president by Rep. James Clyburn at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 26, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks after being endorsed for president by Rep. James Clyburn at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 26, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks after being endorsed for president by Rep. James Clyburn at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 26, 2020.

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A woman puts her hand on the back of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden while posing for a photo at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.
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A woman puts her hand on the back of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden while posing for a photo at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.

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A woman puts her hand on the back of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden while posing for a photo at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.

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Joe Biden supporters rally outside the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020.
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Joe Biden supporters rally outside the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020.

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Joe Biden supporters rally outside the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives during a campaign event at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives during a campaign event at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives during a campaign event at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage during a campaign event at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., March 1, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage during a campaign event at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., March 1, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage during a campaign event at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., March 1, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gets ice cream at La Michoacana during the state's Democratic presidential primary election in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gets ice cream at La Michoacana during the state's Democratic presidential primary election in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gets ice cream at La Michoacana during the state's Democratic presidential primary election in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage with his wife Jill and his sister Valerie before speaking at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage with his wife Jill and his sister Valerie before speaking at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives on stage with his wife Jill and his sister Valerie before speaking at his Super Tuesday night rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 3, 2020.

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