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At 80 Years Of Age Biden Officially Announces 2024 Presidential Bid


At 80 Years Of Age Biden Officially Announces 2024 Presidential Bid
Tuesday marked the beginning of President Joe Biden's re-election campaign. He pledged to defend American rights against "extremists" associated with former President Donald Trump, whom he defeated in 2020 and may face again in 2024.
In a film made public by his new campaign team, Biden made his declaration. The video opens with scenes from the Trump supporters' attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
"When I ran for president four years ago, I said we're in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are," Biden said. "This is not a time to be complacent. That's why I'm running for re-election."
"Let's finish this job. I know we can," he said.
He called the Republican agendas "threats to American freedoms," pledged to combat efforts to restrict access to healthcare for women, slash Social Security, and outlaw books, and denounced "MAGA extremists."
Trump, who is the early front-runner in the Republican primary contest, has coined the abbreviation MAGA for his "Make America Great Again" campaign anthem. If he prevails, he will run against Biden once more in the election of November 2024.
An opinion poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos on Monday revealed that 44% of Democrats believe that Biden, 80, is too old to run for office. Biden must dispel these fears if he is to win re-election.
Trump, 76, is also the subject of age-related criticism from 35% of Republicans, who believe he is too old.
According to the study, most registered voters don't want Biden or Trump to run for office again.
Despite having a relatively low approval rating, Biden's supporters believe he can defeat Trump once more. According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, he has a 43% to 38% advantage over his Republican opponent among registered voters.
Biden specifically addressed Trump and his allies in his campaign film.
"Around the country, MAGA extremists are lining up to take on those bedrock freedoms, cutting Social Security that you paid for your entire life, while cutting taxes for the very wealthy, dictating what healthcare decisions women can make, banning books, and tell people who they can love, all while making it more difficult for you to be able to vote," Biden said.
Although a 40-year high in inflation has marred his economic record, in the two years since he succeeded Trump, Biden has secured congressional approval for billions of dollars in federal funding to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and for new infrastructure. He has also presided over the lowest levels of unemployment since 1969.
In remarks delivered on Tuesday to a gathering of the building trades unions in North America, Biden claimed his economic strategy was "working," but added that there was still "more to do." The crowd chanted "four more years!" as Biden recounted his legislative accomplishments.
Because of his advanced age, Biden's re-election campaign represents a historic and dangerous bet for the Democratic Party, particularly if he faces a considerably younger Republican opponent.
Democrats are now in the minority in the House of Representatives and already face a difficult electoral landscape to hold the Senate in 2024.
By the end of a potential second term, Biden would be 86, about ten years older than the typical American male.
Biden, who does not consume alcohol and exercises five times a week, was deemed "fit for duty" by doctors following a test in February. According to the White House, his resume demonstrates that he is psychologically capable of handling the demands of the job.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who is heavily featured in Biden's campaign film, will join him in his 2024 bid.
Trump criticised the president for his record on immigration, inflation, and the disorderly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 in a statement on Biden's candidature.
"American families are being decimated by the worst inflation in half a century. Banks are failing," Trump said on his social media platform. "We have surrendered our energy independence, just like we surrendered in Afghanistan," he said.
Contrary to Biden's declaration, Trump is currently facing a legal lawsuit from writer E. Jean Carroll who claims that he sexually assaulted her in a department store changing room in the mid-1990s.
The former president has denied raping Carroll and is not compelled to appear at the trial.
There won't likely be any opposition for Biden among his own party. Senior Democrats have not indicated any interest in confronting him.
Republicans who are running for president in 2024 have started to focus their campaigns on reducing government expenditure in the face of persistently rising inflation, restrictions on abortion, crime in Democratic-run cities, and illegal immigration.
The two leading Republican contenders, Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, want to limit the access of transgender children to sports teams and gender-affirming medical care, and restrict how schools teach LGBTQ+ issues and America's history of race.
White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre first declined to respond to a query about whether Biden will complete another four-year term if re-elected at a press briefing with reporters.
"I wanted to be sure that I didn't go into 2024 more than is appropriate under the law," she wrote later on Twitter. "But I can confirm that if re-elected, (Biden) would serve all 8 years."
As COVID raged, Biden mounted a largely online campaign to unseat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
The United States' epidemic limits being mostly lifted, the race in 2024 is going to be a very different, physically demanding event.
Trump refused to accept loss after falling short of Biden in 2020 and made the erroneous assertion that there had been widespread voting fraud.
On January 6, 2021, his followers stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington to support his claims, but they were unable to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's victory.
In his campaign ad, Biden appears to be planning to frequently remind voters of such incidents up to the next election.
Strong American backing for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and what the White House claims are Republican intentions to dismantle federal healthcare are possible topics for future Biden speeches.