President Joe Biden has officially announced his intention to run for president in 2024 amid multiple scandals and lackluster support from his party. Surprisingly, Biden will keep Kamala Harris as his running mate, despite nearly half the country saying the President shouldn’t run again and record low approval ratings for himself and Harris. Biden and his team launched a campaign announcement video, spouting much of the same talking points the White House has been leaning on over the past year. The video included promises from Biden to heal the ‘soul of the country’ and fight back against ‘MAGA extremism.’ According to recent polls, the President isn’t entering a favorable race; nearly 35% of the people who voted for Biden in 2020 said they would rather vote for a third-party candidate, even if it meant that Trump had a better chance at winning in 2024. Multiple Democrats have already announced their intention to challenge the sitting president, including Robert F. Kennedy and Marianne Williamson. If Biden wins the upcoming election, he will be 86 years old at the end of his term.
By Brandon Gillespie; April 25, 2023
Biden’s campaign launch comes on the four-year anniversary of the launch of his 2020 campaign for president, and is expected to be done via a campaign video, according to reports last week.
A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Monday, which surveyed an equal amount of voters who backed Biden and former President Trump last cycle, found that about 40% of individuals who voted for Biden in the 2020 presidential election do not think he should seek re-election next cycle. About 35% of respondents said they would vote for a third-party candidate over Biden in 2024, even if it meant Trump was more likely to win the election.
Speculation swirled for months over whether Biden, who is 80, would run for re-election, with his team only saying he “intendeds to run,” but not making any other statements in the affirmative. He said earlier this month, however, that an announcement about his potential candidacy would come “relatively soon.”
Biden sent out exclusive invitations to some of his top donors from the 2020 campaign last week, asking them to attend a hastily-planned event at the White House, according to The New York Times.
If he wins re-election, Biden, who is currently the oldest president in U.S. history, would be 86 at the end of his second term in 2029.
Biden is currently facing Democratic primary challenges from environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and spiritual guru and self-help author Marianne Williamson.
He is facing an even more crowded field from the other side of the aisle as Republican candidates continue to line up to challenge Trump’s front-runner status for the GOP nomination.