President Joe Biden has announced on Tuesday that he is running for re-election in 2024.
This development comes at the record age of 80 into a ferocious new White House campaign “to finish the job.”
Commenting on his intention, Biden wrote on Twitter along with a video stating that, “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 re-election as president of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job.”
Biden has no real challenger from within the Democratic Party, after a series of big legislative wins and momentous foreign policy struggles in his first two years in office.
Interestingly, Biden he is expected to face constant and fierce scrutiny over his age, but its a campaign that may result in a rematch of the 2020 election against Donald Trump.
The age topic has become a talking point as the veteran Democrat would be 86 by the end of a second term. Even if a medical exam in February found him “fit” to execute the duties of the presidency, many including in his own voter base believe he is too old.
Considering NBC News poll released over the weekend, it has been found that 70 percent of Americans, including 51 percent of Democrats, believe he should not run.
Sixty-nine percent of all respondents who said he shouldn’t run cited concerns over his age as a major or minor reason.
Biden likes to answer those concerns by saying, “watch me” — meaning that voters should focus on his policy wins at home and his marshaling of an unprecedented Western alliance to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s invasion.
Sources have revealed that over the next year and a half, Biden will have all the advantages of incumbency, backed by a united party, while Republicans are only just starting a messy primary season.
Trump, despite becoming the first former or serving president to be criminally indicted — and facing probes into his attempt to overturn his loss to Biden in the 2020 election — is the overwhelming Republican frontrunner.