Biden Asks Americans to Let Him 'Finish the Job'

President formally launches 2024 campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2023 5:17 AM CDT

A Biden-Trump rematch just took a big step closer to reality. President Biden on Tuesday formally announced that he is running for reelection in 2024, asking voters to give him more time to “finish the job” he began when he was sworn into office and to set aside their concerns about extending the run of America’s oldest president for another four years. The announcement, in a three-minute video, comes on the four-year anniversary of when Biden declared for the White House in 2019, promising to heal the “soul of the nation” amid the turbulent presidency of Donald Trump, per the AP.

“I said we are in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are," Biden said Tuesday. “The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer.” While the question of seeking reelection has been a given for most modern presidents, that’s not always been the case for the 80-year-old Biden, as a notable swath of Democratic voters have indicated they would prefer he not run, in part because of his age—concerns Biden has called “totally legitimate” but ones he did not address head-on in the launch video. He would be 86 at the end of a second term.

Yet few things have unified Democratic voters like the prospect of Trump returning to power. And Biden’s political standing within his party stabilized after Democrats notched a stronger-than-expected performance in last year’s midterm elections. “Freedom. Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans," said Biden. "There’s nothing more important. Nothing more sacred." The president painted the Republican Party as extremists trying to roll back access to abortion, cut Social Security, limit voting rights, and ban books they disagree with. “This is not a time to be complacent,” Biden added. “That’s why I’m running for reelection."

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