President Joe Biden publicly declared on Tuesday that he will seek reelection in 2024. He urged voters to grant him more time to “finish this job” that he started when he took office and to put aside their misgivings about prolonging the tenure of America’s oldest president for another four years.
Biden, who would be 86 at the end of a second term, hopes his record on the legislative front during his first term and his more than 50 years of experience in Washington, D.C., would outweigh any concerns about his advanced age.
With no significant Democratic challengers, he has an easy path to obtaining his party’s candidacy. But he is still in for a tough fight to keep the president in a deeply divided country.
The revelation in a three-minute video comes four years after Biden announced his candidacy for president in 2019, vowing to restore the “soul of the nation” amid Donald Trump’s divisive administration.
This objective has proven to be elusive.
As I said, “I said we are in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are,” Biden stated. “We must decide whether to have more or less freedom in the following years—either more or less rights.
For the majority of modern presidents, the possibility of running for reelection has been given, but Biden hasn’t always had that luxury. Because of his age, some Democratic voters have stated they would instead he not run.
However, few issues have brought Democratic voters together more than the possibility of a Trump victory.
Additionally, following a better-than-expected showing by Democrats in last year’s midterm elections, Biden’s political status within his party steadied. The president plans to run on the platforms that helped his party earn support in the previous election, particularly protecting access to abortion.
“Freedom. The American way of life is fundamentally based on individual liberty. Nothing is more critical. In the debut video, Biden portrayed Republican extremists as attempting to restrict voting rights, slash Social Security, restrict access to abortion, and ban publications they disagree with. “MAGA extremists are lining up nationwide to take away those fundamental liberties.”
Biden intends to run his campaign on his record as the general themes of it start to take form. He spent his first two years in office fighting the coronavirus outbreak and advancing important legislation like the bipartisan infrastructure package, laws promoting high-tech manufacturing, and environmental regulations.
Biden has moved his focus to enact those extensive laws and ensuring that voters credit him for the advancements now that Republicans are in charge of the House.
The president also pleads with voters to give him another chance to fulfill several policy objectives and unfulfilled campaign pledges.
“Let’s complete this task. In the video, Biden repeated a phrase he used a dozen times during his State of the Union address: “I believe we can.”
Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours.
That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job. https://t.co/V9Mzpw8Sqy pic.twitter.com/Y4NXR6B8ly
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2023