Joe Biden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Joining Trump, Putin

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, joining President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in names put forward.

British lawmaker Chris Bryant, a Labour Party member of the U.K. Parliament, told the Evening Standard he put forward the Democrat on Monday.

"When others have resorted to violent solutions, he has argued that the best force is the force of argument," he told the newspaper.

"Because guns can stop a heart but well-placed words can change many hearts, and many hearts can change a world."

Newsweek has contacted Bryant and the Biden campaign for comment.

The nomination comes just ahead of Biden and Trump going head-to-head in the first general election debate.

It comes with Trump having received his third nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. He has also been put forward in previous years.

Several presidents have won in the past, including Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, to whom Biden was vice president.

Trump previously suggested he would be deserving of winning the award "if they gave it out fairly."

He said in 2019: "I think I'm gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don't.

"They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it. And you know what? That was the only thing I agreed with him on."

As well as Trump having been put forward, Putin also received a nomination earlier this month, according to Russian media reports.

Any person eligible to nominate is able to put any person or organization forward for the prize.

There is no vetting of nominations prior to the deadline for them being made, according to the Nobel Peace Prize website.

Members of national assemblies and national governments of sovereign states, as well as current heads of state are able to nominate.

University professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology and religion are also able to propose people for the prize.

Most of those put forward do not make it onto the final shortlist from which a winner is chosen. There were 318 nominations for the 2020 prize, which has not yet been announced.

The nominees are not officially made public until they are disclosed 50 years later. The shortlist for the 2021 accolade remains months away.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on September 27, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. A British lawmaker has nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Alex Wong/Getty Images