Biden Will Seek Reelection
In his official announcement that he would run for reelection, President Joe Biden positioned himself as the Democrat in the greatest position to prevent Donald J. Trump from regaining control of the White House.
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he would run for reelection to the White House in 2024. This choice will test whether or not the American people are willing to give the 80-year-old Democrat, who is currently the oldest president the United States has ever had, another four years in office.
Biden made the statement in a professionally produced video distributed by his new campaign staff. It starts with visuals from the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, by former President Donald Trump supporters. In the video, Biden states that it is his responsibility to protect democratic processes in the United States.
"When I ran for president four years ago, I said we're in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are."
"This is not a time to be complacent. That's why I'm running for reelection."
"Let's finish this job. I know we can.”
President Biden characterized the Republican platforms as posing a danger to American liberty. He pledged to resist attempts to curtail women's healthcare, reduce Social Security, and prohibit books while denouncing "MAGA extremists." MAGA is an abbreviation for the political slogan "Make America Great Again," which was popularized by former President Trump. Trump may be the Republican candidate running against Biden in the November 2024 election.
During the past two years of his presidency, President Biden has successfully secured Congress' approval for significant federal funds to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to support new infrastructure initiatives. However, it is important to note that his economic record has been impacted by a 40-year high in inflation. Additionally, under his leadership, the country has experienced the lowest levels of unemployment since 1969.
The advanced age of President Biden presents a significant and unprecedented risk for the Democratic Party in their pursuit of reelection. Additionally, the party faces a challenging electoral landscape in its efforts to retain control of the Senate in 2024 and currently holds a minority position in the House of Representatives.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on April 19, President Biden's approval ratings were at 39%. Additionally, there are concerns among some Americans regarding his age, as he would be 86 by the end of a potential second term, which is almost a decade higher than the average life expectancy of a male in the United States.
Following a medical examination in February, doctors have deemed Biden to be "fit for duty." According to the White House, his track record indicates that he possesses the mental acuity necessary to handle the demands of his position. It is worth noting that Biden abstains from alcohol and engages in physical exercise five times per week.
In 2024, President Biden will be accompanied by his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris, to pursue reelection.
The announcement of Biden's candidacy for the upcoming election comes after Trump's declaration in November that he would be running for a second term, despite his loss to Biden in the 2020 election. As the incumbent candidate, Biden is expected to face minimal opposition within his party. There has been no indication of any senior Democrats challenging him, and he has assembled a team of promising Democratic figures to provide counsel for his campaign. This team includes governors J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania.
Several prospective and announced Republican presidential candidates have initiated the process of shaping the 2024 election discourse. Their focus is on reducing government expenditure in the midst of persistent inflation, limiting access to abortion, addressing the issue of crime in cities governed by Democrats, and tackling the problem of illegal immigration.
The two prominent Republican candidates, namely Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have expressed their desire to impose limitations on the participation of transgender children in sports teams and their access to gender-affirming medical care. Additionally, they aim to regulate the teaching of LGBTQ+ topics and America's history of slavery and racial disparities in schools.
During the 2020 election, Biden implemented a predominantly virtual campaign strategy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. His campaign focused on unifying the nation, revitalizing the economy, and improving virus management.
With the lifting of pandemic restrictions in the United States, it is anticipated that the 2024 race will be a notably different and more physically-oriented event.
Following his defeat by a margin of 7 million votes to President Biden in the 2020 election, former President Trump declined to acknowledge the outcome and made unfounded allegations of extensive electoral impropriety.
On January 6, 2021, a group of individuals supporting his claims stormed the US Capitol building in Washington. However, their efforts were unsuccessful in halting the certification by Congress of Biden's win.
The campaign video of President Biden implies that he intends to remind voters of his accomplishments while highlighting his effective management of the economic recovery from the pandemic-induced recession, particularly the robustness of the labor market.
Additional themes that President Biden may address include robust US backing for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and the White House's assertion that Republican proposals could undermine federal healthcare and initiatives that elderly citizens widely favor.
This summer, President Biden is urging Republicans to collaborate to find a mutually agreeable solution to increase the US debt ceiling before the nation's potential default in the coming months.
As Mr. Biden publicly launched his campaign, it looked at this time that he was a shoo-in to win his party's candidacy. Although many Democrats had anticipated that he would step aside to make way for a younger contender, there has not yet been a serious opponent to emerge for the nomination
When Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson for the second time in 1956, it was the last time the same candidates competed against each other in successive presidential elections. If Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump square off again in 2020, it will be the first time since 1956 that the same nominees have competed against each other in consecutive presidential elections. It would also be the first time a president was opposed by his predecessor since Theodore Roosevelt made an effort at a comeback in 1912 against his selected successor, William Howard Taft, in a three-way contest that Woodrow Wilson won.
Although Mr. Biden leads a more cohesive party than his possible opponent does, many Democrats privately express concern that the president may not be able to handle another election campaign. According to an accumulation of surveys done by the political website FiveThirtyEight, his overall popularity rating continues to be stuck at a little over 42 percent. This is worse than the approval ratings of 10 of the past 13 presidents at this stage in their administrations.
Polls indicate that the majority of Democrats have positive feelings for Mr. Biden; nonetheless, the majority of Democrats would still prefer that he not seek office again. According to a poll that was conducted and published by NBC News this week, 70 percent of Americans, including 51 percent of Democrats, believe that he should not run for reelection. Seven out of ten people who opposed the individual serving an additional four years in prison highlighted age as a consideration.
Recent Yahoo News, The Wall Street Journal, and Morning Consult polls show President Trump's slight lead over President Biden. However, surveys conducted by The Economist and the Harvard University Center for American Political Studies find that Mr. Biden is trailing Mr. Trump by several points. A similar range of outcomes awaits Mr. Biden in his race against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, now Mr. Trump's most formidable opponent in the race for the Republican nomination.