Joe Biden “candidate for re-election” in 2024

The suspense is over. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced on Tuesday that he was “candidate for re-election” in 2024. The date chosen is far from trivial: it marks the fourth anniversary, to the day, of the last entry into the campaign of Joe Biden, when the Democrat had embarked on a battle for the “soul of America”, and had deprived Donald Trump of a second term.

The tenant of the White House may think he has the statistics with him: American presidents generally run again, and they are most often re-elected. But Joe Biden, by his age, defies historical precedent. If re-elected, he would complete his second term at the age of 86. In November 2021, then in February 2023, the leader underwent health checks which concluded that he was in “good health”.

“Disconnected”, castigate the Republicans

But he, who is already prone to blunders and whose appearance is unmistakably marked by the years, exposes himself to an upsurge of Republican attacks on his mental acuity. Just after his announcement, the Republican Party also accused US President Joe Biden of being “disconnected”.

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“Biden is so out of touch with reality that he thinks he deserves four more years in power when all he does is create crises,” party leader Ronna McDaniel said. Joe Biden is counting on his record and on the flourishing health of the economy and employment. None of this is much to impress US households, which are struggling with a sharp surge in inflation. The Biden team is betting, however, that in two years, renovated roads, cheaper drugs, factory openings will be credited to the Democratic candidate.

Restoring “dignity” to popular America

Joe Biden, who campaigned in 2020 to “save the soul of America”, should this time insist more on the social and economic dimension of his project. Since the beginning of the year, he has hammered home his desire to restore his “dignity” to the “forgotten” popular America, disturbed by globalization, which Donald Trump has been able to seduce in part. It is also the former president that he will probably have to face again in 2024.

However, there remains a great unknown: what would Joe Biden’s chances be if he faced a younger opponent in November 2024? The name of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a 44-year-old hard-right figure, is circulating widely. But he has not yet declared himself. Less known, the Republican Nikki Haley, already in the campaign, calls for the emergence of a “new generation”. In particular, it calls for intellectual capacity tests for all political leaders over 75 years of age.

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