Biden, 80, declares a presidential run in 2024: ‘Let’s finish this task’

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President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he will run for re-election in 2024, a choice that will put to the test if Americans are willing to give the 80-year-old Democrat, who is currently the oldest president in US history, another four years in office.

In a slickly produced video published by his new campaign organization, Biden declares that it is his mission to safeguard American democracy.

It begins with footage showing an attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump 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.”

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he will seek a second White House term in 2024, a decision that will test whether Americans are ready to give the 80-year-old Democrat, already the oldest U.S. president ever, another four years in office.

Biden made his announcement in a slickly produced video released by his new campaign team, in which he declares it is his job to defend American democracy.

It opens with imagery from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

“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.

Biden called Republican policies “threats to American liberty,” pledging to resist moves to limit women’s healthcare, slash Social Security, and ban books while denouncing “MAGA extremists.”

MAGA is an abbreviation for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Trump might be Biden’s Republican opponent in the November 2024 election.

In the two years since taking over from Trump, Biden has secured congressional approval for billions of dollars in federal funds to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and build new infrastructure, as well as overseeing the lowest levels of unemployment since 1969, despite a 40-year high in inflation.

Biden’s age makes his re-election bid a historic and hazardous gamble for the Democratic Party, which faces a difficult electoral map to retain the Senate in 2024 and is now in the minority in the House.

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll issued on April 19, Biden’s support rating remained at 39%, and some Americans are concerned about his age; he would be 86 by the end of a potential second term, over a decade longer than the average U.S. male’s life expectancy.

After a test in February, doctors certified Biden, who does not consume alcohol and exercises five times a week, “fit for duty.”

According to the White House, his record demonstrates that he is mentally sharp enough for the demands of the job.

Vice President Kamala Harris will be Biden’s running mate in the 2024 election.

Source: Reuters

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