Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Joe Biden and his announcement.
United States President Joe Biden formally announced on Tuesday that he would seek a second term, arguing that American democracy still faces a profound threat from former President Donald Trump as he set up the possibility of a climactic rematch between the two next year. In a video that opens with images of a mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the president said that the “fight for our democracy” has “been the work of my first term” but is incomplete while his predecessor mounts a comeback campaign for his old office that Biden suggested would endanger fundamental rights.
In a speech later in the day to a supportive labor group in Washington, Biden focused more on bread-and-butter issues, boasting of his record of creating jobs and financing new roads and bridges. “Let’s finish the job,” he said, repeating his slogan of late to a crowd that obligingly chanted, “Four more years!”
The declaration finally ended any lingering suspense over Biden’s intentions and effectively cleared the way to another nomination for the president, barring unforeseen developments. While he had repeatedly and consistently said he intended to run, Biden stoked renewed speculation by delaying his kickoff for months. Now his team can assemble the formal structure of a campaign organization and raise money to finance it. Biden tapped Julie Chávez Rodríguez, a senior White House adviser and granddaughter of the iconic labor leader Cesar Chávez, as his campaign manager. Quentin Fulks, a Democratic operative who most recently ran Senator Raphael Warnock’s 2022 re-election campaign in Georgia, will serve as her principal deputy. But the operation is expected to be overseen from the White House by top presidential aides.
Biden will be running with Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Biden’s strategists recognize that he starts off the campaign with significant vulnerabilities but are banking on the idea that however ambivalent swing voters may be about him, they are dead set against putting Trump back in the White House. If they face another Republican, they plan to argue that anyone who wins that party’s nomination will have to adopt the same radical positions as Trump.
Credit: New York Times and The Washington Post.