PITTSBURGH (CBS) — Ending months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is launching his third presidential campaign, instantly joining the race as an early frontrunner among more than a dozen major Democratic candidates seeking to deny President Trump a second term.

Biden announced his bid in a video released on social media. In his appeal to voters, Biden recounted the president’s response to the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia two years ago.

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“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” he said in the nearly 4-minute long video. “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

He is expected to hold a fundraiser Thursday evening in Philadelphia.

Then, on Monday, he will make his first campaign stop right here in Pittsburgh.

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Biden will be holding a rally at the Teamsters Temple #249 on Butler Street.

Doors open at 2 p.m. They are asking anyone who wants to attend to arrive early as space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Biden is set to discuss “his plan to build a middle class.”

For more information on the rally, visit this link.

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