Joe Biden officially announces 2024 US Presidential bid
President Biden will seek a second term in the White House, with a repeat of his infamous 2020 election battle with Donald Trump looking increasingly likely.
Joe Biden has officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 US Presidency, just a matter of days after unofficially doing so during his historic whistle-stop tour of Ireland.
Mr. Biden (80), is already the oldest President in American history, and if successful in his bid to retain power, will leave office in 2028 aged 86.
Making the official announcement via a video released by his new campaign team, the Democratic Party leader declared his aim to defend American democracy.
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
Playing on the events of the US Capitol riots from January 2021, the video uses evocative imagery to highlight the threat that Mr. Biden's likely opponent, Donald Trump, allegedly brings to peace in the nation.
"When I ran for President four years ago, I said we're in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are", the US President said in the video.
"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", Mr. Biden added.
"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".
In announcing his candidacy, Mr. Biden also spoke about the threat which "MAGA extremists" pose to American freedom.
MAGA is of course the acronym for Donald Trump's infamous political slogan, "Make America Great Again", who is looking increasingly likely to hold off Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and secure the Republican nomination for the 2024 race.
Despite steering the US through the majority of the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside record low levels of unemployment, President Biden has seen his popularity wain due to concerns over the US economy, principally caused by high inflation rates.
With an approval rating of just 39% in the latest Reuters poll released last week, Mr. Biden is a seemingly risky candidate for the Democratic candidate to back ahead of 2024.
However, with no viable alternative emerging from the party to challenge the incumbent President, the Democrats are left hoping that the American electorate can look past Mr. Biden's age, with 86 being a full decade higher than the average male life expectancy in the US.
The White House claims that Mr. Biden's record in office speaks for itself, proving that he is both physically and mentally fit enough to take on the challenge of another term in office.
Former Californian Attorney General Kamala Harris will remain as Mr. Biden's running mate for the 2024 race, despite the Vice-President also suffering from truncated approval ratings.
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