President Joe Biden made official his candidacy for presidential reelection in 2024. Through a video posted on his Twitter account, Biden asked voters to give him more time to finish the job he started when he was sworn in and to put aside their concerns about prolonging his presidential run:
Every generation has a time when it has had to defend democracy. Defend their fundamental freedoms. I think this is ours. That is why I am running for re-election as President of the United States. Join us. Let's finish the job.
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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2023
If he were to reedit his nomination and again achieve the presidency, Biden would be 86 years old at the end of a second term. In his campaign video, the Democratic primary candidate stressed that "the question we face is whether in the coming years we will have more or less freedom, more or less rights." He further referenced one of his potential opponents in the 2024 presidential election, Donald Trump: "MAGA extremists are lining up to fracture the freedoms of Americans."
The announcement comes at a complicated time for the president. Seven in ten voters (70%) do not want Biden to serve a second term. In addition, 51% of Democrats reject his continuation of four more years at the helm of the U.S. presidency. His main obstacle, age.
The president did not choose just any day to present his candidacy. On April 25, 2019, he announced that he would run for the US presidency, winning in the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump.
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy...everything that has made America -- America --is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Donald Trump: "Biden is the most corrupt president in U.S. history."
Former President and 2024 GOP primary candidate Donald Trump issued a statement noting "the damage Joe Biden has done to America."
You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together, and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden has done to our nation in just a few short years. Not even close. Thanks to Joe Biden's socialist spending calamity, American families are being decimated by the worst inflation in half a century. Banks are failing. Our currency is sinking and the dollar will soon cease to be the global standard, which will be our biggest defeat in over 200 years. Real wages have been falling 24 months in a row, in other words, under Biden, workers have taken a pay cut each and every month for two years in a row. We have given up our energy independence, just as we gave up the one we had in Afghanistan a short time ago, and the price of gasoline has just reached its highest level in five months, and it is going to go much higher.
One of the great handicaps of the Biden Administration has been its work on the southern border. Trump blamed the president for "releasing millions of illegal immigrants" into the United States:
Under my leadership, we had the most secure border in U.S. history by far. We have never had such a border. Under Biden, the southern border has been abolished and millions of illegal aliens have been released into our communities. What is happening now is unbelievable. They come from mental institutions and prisons. They are being emptied. They are being dumped in the United States of America. Many of these people are very dangerous, who are being dumped. We are like a landfill. Our cities have been overrun by homeless, drug addicts and violent criminals, who are being released from jail en masse without any retribution, while law enforcement is weaponized against law-abiding conservatives or Republicans, or people they just don't like. Our children are being indoctrinated and maimed by left-wing fanatics and zealots. The upper ranks of our armed forces have gone completely insane, and our military is suffering greatly.
Trump concluded his statement by asserting that "Biden is the most corrupt president in the history of the United States."
Reactions from the Democratic Party
Marianne Williamson, one of his opponents in the Democratic primary, retweeted a post calling for Biden's participation in a debate if he wants to be re-elected:
The Democratic Party does not plan to hold primary debates. President Biden should not be able to be re-elected without such a debate, especially in light of recent polls showing that a majority of Democrats do not want him to run for a second term.
For the moment, the other Democratic candidate who announced his candidacy, Robert F. Kennedy, did not make a statement. The Vice President, Kamala Harris, confirmed that she will run again hand in hand with Joe Biden:
As Americans, we believe in freedom and we believe that our democracy will only be as strong as our will to fight for it. That's why Joe Biden and I are running for re-election.
As Americans, we believe in freedom and liberty—and we believe that our democracy will only be as strong as our willingness to fight for it.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 25, 2023