President Joe Biden formally announced his intention to run for reelection next year in an effort to “finish the job” amid mounting criticism of his capacity to carry out his duties as president.
In the event of a second term, Biden would be 86 years old. Insecurities about electing a president in his senior age are evident in polls and casual discussions. Early on Tuesday, the 80-year-old made his reelection campaign fully known on Twitter. The tweet from Biden included a three-minute video. In an effort to counter “MAGA extremists,” he referred to his campaign for reelection as a “battle for the soul of America.” On the fourth anniversary of when he initially proclaimed his desire to run for president in 2019, the commander-in-chief officially began his 2024 campaign. Kamala Harris, the vice president, who was prominently featured in the campaign ad, will once again be on the ticket.
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
However, the news was widely welcomed with disappointment as many Americans called for Biden to retire owing to his advanced age. 70 percent of Americans, including 51 percent of Democrats, according to a recent NBC News survey of 1000 participants, did not want him to run for president again. Only 12% of Democrats, according to an AP-NORC survey conducted in January with over 1000 respondents, think Biden should continue to head the party. – Steve Sijenyi