Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance

Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to community faith leaders after serving breakfast during a visit to Dulan's Soul Food on Crenshaw, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden’s son Hunter is making his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through “tough times” including years of drug and alcohol abuse.

The younger Biden’s appearance at a fundraiser in Southern California on Friday was a sign the former vice president and his campaign see him as an asset to the campaign despite a series of personal problems that had kept him in the background.

Forty-nine-year-old Hunter Biden attended the fundraiser with his new wife, Melissa Cohen, and his daughter Finnegan.

A lengthy New Yorker profile published this month detailed Hunter Biden’s yearslong fight with drug and alcohol abuse. The older Biden said in a CNN interview: “He’s fighting. He’s never given up.”