President Joe Biden confirmed on Tuesday that he will seek re-election in 2024, despite only a quarter of Americans wanting to see him run again, and growing concerns about his age and performance during his first term.
In a video entitled “Freedom” shot earlier this month at his vacation home in Delaware, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced their bid for the 2024 election.
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The video starts with footage of the January 6 riot at the Capitol and then shows an image of an abortion rights protest as Biden ominously warns that “MAGA extremists are lining up” to threaten democracy. He then addresses a slew of issues, including Social Security, healthcare, book banning, and voting rights, that he believes the Republican party is undermining.
Biden is already facing a challenge from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the Democratic primary, and there have been rumors that California Governor Gavin Newsom and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin could also join the race. However, the Democratic National Committee declared its support for Biden and will not sponsor any debates.
Biden is expected to focus on his “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan and his administration’s response to the COVID pandemic during his campaign. Meanwhile, the Republican field could expand, but former President Trump is currently leading polls if he decides to run again. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is also expected to announce his run in the coming weeks.
Biden’s age, 80 years old, makes him the oldest president in history. He already takes a lot of vacation time and sometimes loses his train of thought while speaking in public. A recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that only a quarter of Americans want Biden to run again, including less than half of Democrats. Biden’s approval rating is at 43% in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
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