Newsman: President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally announced that he is running for reelection in 2024. He asked voters to give him more time to “finish the job” he began when he was sworn in to office.
Biden said, the country remains in a “battle for the soul of America.”
“I said we are in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are,” Biden said. “The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer.”
President Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term. Biden is pitching voters on giving him another chance to fulfill.
“Let’s finish this job. I know we can,” Biden said listing everything from passing a ban on assault-style weapons and lowering the cost of prescription drugs to codifying a national right to abortion after the Supreme Court’s ruling last year overturning Roe v. Wade.
“This is not a time to be complacent,” Biden said , “That’s why I’m running for reelection. Because, I know America. I know we’re good and decent people. I know we’re still a country that believes in honesty and respect and treating each other with dignity.”
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.”
“Freedom. Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans. There’s nothing more important. Nothing more sacred,” Biden said which 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. “Around the country, MAGA extremists are lining up to take those bedrock freedoms away.”
On Tuesday, Biden named White House adviser Julie Chávez Rodríguez to serve as campaign manager and Quentin Fulks to serve as principal deputy campaign manager , who ran Sen. Raphael Warnock’s reelection campaign in Georgia last year. Reps. Lisa Blunt-Rochester, Jim Clyburn and Veronica Escobar; Sens. Chris Coons and Tammy Duckworth; Democratic mega-donor Jeffrey Katzenberg; and Whitmer will serve as campaign co-chairs.
On Tuesday, Biden was set to deliver remarks to union members before hosting South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for a state visit at the White House.