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The Question of Age and Joe Biden

It's official, 46th President of the United States, aged 80, is running for re-election in the 2024 US Presidential election. Already, the reactions are not slow to come. A question is now at the heart of the debate: is Joe Biden too old to run for a second term? He will be 86 years old at the end of this second presidency if re-elected.


 


In a three-minute video released Tuesday, April 24, Joe Biden announced his candidacy for re-election in the presidential elections of 2024. He is the oldest sitting president currently. This announcement comes four years to the day after his entry into the campaign in 2019.


 


Not Joe Cup of Tea


This announcement is not a surprise; it was expected. Additionally, many Americans reject this candidacy, citing the age and alleged senility of Democratic President Joe Biden. According to a poll conducted by NBC, about 70% of voters, including 51% of Democratic voters, do not want Joe Biden to run again.


However, in February 2023, the president's latest health report indicated that he was in good health. "Grandpa Biden," as the President of the United States is nicknamed across the Atlantic, appears weakened and not very vigorous as evidenced by his many falls and errors in official speeches.


In addition to his age, some cite the promise made by the US president during his presidential campaign in 2020 to serve only one term. Furthermore, his age is already perceived as "too advanced" by his critics.


A Ruse?


The veteran of American politics with a long half-century career will thus close his service to the nation. The man who has been a seven-time candidate for the Senate in Washington, four times for vice president and the US presidency wants to "finish the job" as he claimed in his video.


However, this candidacy and the possibility of a second presidency for Joe Biden may be a delusion. Indeed, the president may not complete his term, and it would be Kamala Harris, his running mate, who would replace him.


White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre speculated that a second term would be shortened. She later retracted on April 25, not wishing to spread the idea that Joe Biden would like to bring Kamala Harris into the White House, this time in the Oval Office. If Joe Biden resigns, for example, the day after his election, the vice president will take his place. If confirmed, Kamala Harris would become the first woman president of the world's largest democracy.


Edited by Sean Mulryan


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