After months of speculation and rumors, US President Joe Biden, today (Tuesday), settled the controversy, and officially announced his candidacy for the presidential elections scheduled for November 2024.
In a video titled “Freedom,” which opened with a scene of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, followed by an image of a protest over abortion rights, Biden said that after spending his first term fighting for the country’s democracy, he wants to finish the job he started when the country suffered a pandemic. Deadly, faltering economy and teetering democracy. And Biden considered that his presidency had brought the country back from the brink on all these fronts, stressing his ambition to transform what he had once described as a transitional presidency into something more transformative.
“The question we face is whether in the coming years we will have more freedom or less freedom, more rights or fewer,” he said in the video. He added, “I know what I want the answer to be. This is not the time for complacency. This is the reason why I am running for re-election.”
According to observers, Biden’s decision may challenge the desires of some Democratic voters who demand a younger candidate who is more reflective of the party’s diversity, while emphasizing Biden’s strength among party leaders, including those who believe he has the best. They see it as an opportunity to defeat Donald Trump or any other Republican.
The 2024 race is expected to be the final campaign of a figure who has run seven races for the US Senate and who has sought the presidency or vice president four times.
This race is the long legacy of a man who rose from a county assembly in the state of Delaware to become one of the youngest members of the US Senate, first vice president of the country, and then the forty-sixth president.
Biden’s announcement is approaching a potential tumultuous presidential campaign in 2024, as former President Donald Trump pushes for the 2020 round again.