02:03 - Source: CNN
That time — actually, times — Joe Biden ran for president
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As Vice President Joe Biden mulls another run for president, it’s worth looking back at his two past bids – launched in 1987 and 2007.

Biden’s first campaign was derailed rather quickly in September 1987 after a plagiarism scandal culminated in an admission he lifted – nearly verbatim – a speech originally given by a British politician.

And his 2007 bid is likely most remembered for the gaffes the free-speaking Delaware senator let fly, including one in which he inartfully described his then-Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

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Biden’s proclivity to let his mouth get out ahead of his brain has been seen as either an asset or a liability, depending on who you listen to.

“Where you look at Joe Biden then or look at Joe Biden now – he’s a kid from Scranton,” said John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent. “He speaks the language of the bartender or the plumber or the mailman.”

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