Joe Biden was spotted with a camera crew in the Pennsylvania town where he was born — a clear sign the former vice president is planning to announce a presidential run soon.
A Twitter user posted a photo of Biden outside in Scranton on Thursday, and NBC News' Mike Memoli confirmed Biden was in the northeastern Pennsylvania city to shoot a video.
Yes that is @JoeBiden. And yes he was filming a video in Scranton today 🍿 https://t.co/502ozEY4OR— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 4, 2019
Biden, 76, was born in Scranton in 1942. His family moved to Delaware in the 1950s where he got involved in local politics and later became a member of the U.S. Senate. According to local media, Biden and the camera crew were spotted near his family's former home three weeks after his campaign commercial producer Mark Putnam was in town.
Biden is leading the polls for a crowded field of candidate vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 even though he has not actually joined the race yet.
With an announcement imminent, Biden is facing a burgeoning scandal in which several women have accused the former vice president of touching them inappropriately.
The controversy prompted President Trump to share a doctored video of Biden creeping up behind himself and grabbing him by the shoulders and kissing the back of his head. Biden shot back. “I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always,” Biden responded via Twitter Thursday.
Biden is delivering his first public address since the touching scandal began Friday to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Biden ran two unsuccessful campaigns for president in 1988 and 2008 and served as vice president from 2009 to 2017.