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Biden to announce reelection bid despite concerns over his age

Apr 24, 2023

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President Joe Biden is expected to launch his bid for reelection as early as the week of April 23, according to sources familiar with the matter. The launch is expected to come despite concerns over his age. At 80 years old, Biden is already the oldest president in American history.

The New York Times opinion editorial board highlighted the age factor as a “legitimate concern.” It wrote that many Democrats, particularly younger ones, are worried Biden will “simply be too old to be effective in a second term.”

By the end of a potential renewed term, President Biden would be 86 years old.

Only about half of Democrats think President Joe Biden should run again in 2024, according to a recent AP-NORC poll. Despite this, a large majority say they would still likely to support Biden if he becomes the nominee.

Meanwhile, 70% of Americans overall say they don’t want Biden to run again, according to an NBC News survey. 48% cited age as a major factor.

Biden has long said he intends on running for a second term but has held off on making a formal announcement. His current approval rating sits at about 42%. This rating is comparable to past presidents Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump, both of whom lost their reelection bids, according to Politico.

However, approval ratings cannot solely predict a reelection outcome, Politico reports. Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama both at this juncture had approval ratings dip in the 40 percentage range but went on to win their second terms for the presidency.

Importantly, approval ratings can change drastically between now and Election Day as the U.S. responds to the economy, the war in Ukraine and various other issues.

When President Biden confirms his bid for reelection, he will share the Democratic field with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson, both of whom announced their bids for the White House this year.

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MAHMOUD BENNETT:

 

US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO LAUNCH HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHER SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH THE MATTER

 

BIDEN HAS SAID HE INTENDS ON RUNNING FOR A SECOND TERM BUT HAS HELD OFF ON MAKING THE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

AT 80 YEARS OLD MR BIDEN IS ALREADY THE OLDEST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND BY THE END OF A POTENTIAL RENEWED TERM, HE’D BE 86

 

THIS HAS BEEN A CONCERN AMONG DEMOCRATS – THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD EVEN COMING OUT THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTING THE AGE FACTOR AS A QUOTE LEGITIMATE CONCERN – 

 

CURRENTLY ABOUT HALF OF ALL DEMOCRATS AND 70% OF AMERICANS OVERALL SAY THEY DON’T WANT BIDEN TO RUN – DESPITE THAT REALITY, A MAJORITY OF DEMS SAY THEY WILL STILL SUPPORT BIDEN IF PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

 

THAT’S BASED ON POLLING FROM NBC AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

RIGHT NOW BIDEN SITS AT ABOUT A 42% APPROVAL RATING – A RATING SOMEWHAT COMPARABLE TO PAST PRESIDENTS JIMMY CARTER AND TRUMP WHO WENT ON TO LOSE THEIR REELECTION BIDS

 

HOWEVER APPROVAL RATINGS ARE NOT NECESSARILY PREDICTIONS OF A RE-ELECTION LOSS – RONALD RAEGAN AND BARACK OBAMA BOTH AT TIMES HAD APPROVAL RATINGS TREADING IN THE 40’S BUT WENT ON TO WIN THEIR 2ND BIDS FOR THE PRESIDENCY

 

IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE APPROVAL RATINGS CAN CHANGE DRASTICALLY BETWEEN NOW AND ELECTION DAY AS THE US RESPONDS TO THE ECONOMY, THE WAR IN UKRAINE, AND VARIOUS OTHER ISSUES

WHEN PRESIDENT BIDEN CONFIRMS HIS BID FOR RE-ELECTION, HE WILL SHARE THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD WITH ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. AND MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, BOTH OF WHOM ANNOUNCED THEIR BIDS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE THIS YEAR

 

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