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Biden, 80, announces reelection bid ‘to stand up for freedom’

President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2022. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
April 25, 2023

President Joe Biden formerly announced his reelection bid Tuesday morning with a prerecorded video posted on social media around 6:00 a.m. EST. The elderly president will be just shy of 82-years-old on election day next year.

“Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours,” Biden tweeted. “That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job.”

Biden’s reelection campaign video starts off with a scene from the January 6 Capitol storming and leads into Biden proclaiming his support for freedom.

“Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans. There’s nothing more important. Nothing more sacred,” Biden said, before claiming “that’s been the work of my first term.”

Biden then attacked “MAGA extremists” who he asserted are “lining up to take on those bedrock freedoms” while images of former-President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flashed on screen.

Biden reiterated his previous message that he is fighting for “the soul of America.”

Biden is facing at least one primary challenge from Robert F Kennedy Jr., who recently slammed the Democratic National Committee for its decision not to sponsor debates as it announced its support for Biden as the Democratic nominee.

A number of Republicans have entered the 2024 presidential race, as well, including popular conservative and former California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy have also thrown their hats in the ring, but Trump is widely viewed as the top contender for the GOP nomination.

If Biden wins reelection, he will be 86 when he leaves office in 2029.

 This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.