U.S. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection in 2024 in one of the most anticipated votes in history. Biden would reach the polls at the age of 82 and, if he wins, would break his record as the oldest president to reach the White House.
“When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America. And we still are,” said the president in a video titled Freedom in which he confirmed that he will run again for the presidency of the country. Biden chose this Tuesday, April 25, to make his intentions official, because today marks four years since he launched the electoral campaign with which he defeated former President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
Joe Biden Wants to Be Reelected
Joe Biden has set as his campaign goal to “finish the job” started during his first term alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, who will also be his running mate in 2024. This is a very important detail since many were pointing to Harris as a possible presidential candidate if Biden did not compete. Given this scenario, Kamala Harris takes a lot of strength to appear on the ballot in the elections in 2028. A woman has never reached the White House in the entire history of the United States.
Biden warned about “MAGA extremists” -about Donald Trump‘s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”– the expression he usually uses to refer to the Republican legislators most aligned with the controversial conservative former president. “They are preparing to eliminate those fundamental freedoms, cutting Social Security that they have paid for all their lives while cutting taxes for the wealthy. They want to dictate what medical decisions women can make, banning books and telling people who they can love,” was part of Biden’s message.
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.
That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job. https://t.co/V9Mzpw8Sqy pic.twitter.com/Y4NXR6B8ly
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2023
Who Will Be Joe Biden’s Rivals in 2024?
So far, two candidates are the strongest to win the nomination for the Republican Party: Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. According to the latest projections, although he has not made his intention official, the Florida governor has a slight lead in the polls over Trump; but, the fight between the two will be extremely hard to try to be the presidential candidate.
Afterward, Donald Trump or DeSantis would have to face the Democratic Party’s nominee in the U.S. elections. Everything points to Joe Biden, although internally, he will have to overcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson.
Can Donald Trump Be President in 2024 while Impeached?
The answer is yes. Even if Donald Trump has been impeached, and even if charges are proven against him, he could still run in the 2024 election. The laws in the United States only establish three requirements to run for office: being born in the United States, being over 35 years old, and being a resident of the country for at least 14 years. Although the lawsuit against him may be a very important factor among voters, it does not prevent him from seeking to become president for a second time.
Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump?
Biden could have a new duel with Donald Trump whom he already defeated in 2020. Trump has announced his intention to compete for the Republican nomination in the primary process of that party despite the judicial problems he has at the door. In addition to Trump, there are five other aspirants on the Republican side: former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, conservative radio host Larry Elder and businessman Perry Johnson.
Biden seems to have a clear path since the party’s major personalities have ruled out running, and he only has competition from fringe figures. Specifically, as already explained, only two names have declared their intention to compete for the Democratic nomination: environmental lawyer and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, nephew of President John F. Kennedy, and self-help book author Marianne Williamson.
The Democratic National Committee is fully behind Biden and has already said it has no plans to hold primary debates. In fact, the Committee has changed the primary schedule to suit the president’s wishes, giving priority to South Carolina, where Biden resurfaced in 2020, after resounding defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire, which were traditionally the first states to vote.
Joe Biden tried unsuccessfully to capture the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008. That year, Democratic candidate and later President Barack Obama (2008-2017) chose Biden as vice president, and both went on to win the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Story written in Spanish by Miguel Fernández y Cultura Colectiva News