The oldest president in American history wants four more years in office … and he is pitching his reelection bid as a life-or-death “battle for the soul of America.”
Is Joe Biden up for the fight, though? The 80-year-old incumbent launched his candidacy with a three-minute video seeking to cast himself as a defender of individual liberty – someone standing up against “MAGA extremists … lining up to take on those bedrock freedoms.”
“The question we are facing is, whether in the years ahead, we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer,” Biden said in the video. “This is not a time to be complacent … That’s why I’m running for reelection.”
But does America want Biden back as its defender-in-chief? For that matter, do Democrats?
And in the event they do … can he walk? And talk? To say nothing of doing those two things simultaneously?
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Biden is very much riding the struggle bus at the moment … a route which appears to be taking him further away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with each passing day. According to the prognosticators at FiveThirtyEight, his job approval rating currently stands at 42.1 percent – well below his disapproval rating of 53.6 percent. Over on RealClearPolitics, Biden’s job approval is 42.8 percent – which is also more than 11 percentage points below his disapproval rating of 53.9 percent.
Both of those numbers are atrocious … and have gotten worse since our last report earlier this month.
Biden’s biggest problem? Democrats are deserting him – in droves. Just last week, a poll from The Associated Press/ NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found only 47 percent of Democrats wanted to see Biden seek reelection. However, 41 percent said they would “definitely” support Biden in a general election as the Democratic nominee – while 40 percent said they would “probably” support him.
Those numbers would surely solidify in the event former U.S. president Donald Trump were the GOP nominee – which, incidentally, would make for a historic rematch. Should Biden and Trump capture their party nominations, it would be the first time in American history that two candidates have faced each other in back-to-back U.S. presidential elections.
Speaking of Trump, the runaway “Republican” frontrunner blasted Biden on the eve of his big announcement for having presided over a “calamitous and failed presidency.”
“You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and put them together, and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done to our nation in just a few short years. Not even close,” Trump said in a statement.
According to Trump, Biden “has totally humiliated our nation on the world stage” – citing the botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in August of 2021. Trump also accused Biden of being “the most corrupt president in American history.”
Biden faces two announced challengers on the Democratic side of the ledger: New age self-help guru Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Neither are expected to mount credible bids, however. On the GOP side, Trump is facing several announced challengers including former S.C. governor Nikki Haley and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. U.S. senator Tim Scott and Florida governor Ron DeSantis are expected to enter the race imminently.
So far, only DeSantis is polling within striking distance of Trump – and his momentum has cooled considerably in recent weeks.
Democrats kick off their primary process in South Carolina on February 3, 2024 – followed by New Hampshire and Nevada (February 6, 2024), Georgia (February 13, 2024) and Michigan (February 27, 2024). Biden enjoys a big edge in the ‘First in the Nation’ Palmetto State – which is probably why he bumped it up in the calendar this cycle.
Republicans kick off their primary process with the Iowa Caucus on February 5, 2024. New Hampshire comes eight days later (February 13, 2024) followed by South Carolina and Nevada on February 24, 2024.
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Republicans are soooooooo unpopular they’ll get Biden easily elected again. Republicans are even more unpopular now, than they are in 2020.
You know Russia and China are going to do EVERYTHING possible to keep Joe from getting another term.
They both desperately need a weak Republican in the White House, like Trump or DeSantis (remember him?). Heck, Russian state media already offered Tukkker a job!
And why would China or Russia do anything to hurt their Butt Boy Biden?
Why do nutty MAGA goofs always bring up gay sex stuff when confronted with facts?
Get help or get grindr.
Really, are you even in the real world? Biden has been kicking Russia’s ass in Ukraine, and China is threatening to invade Taiwan but is afraid to do so because of what has happened in Ukraine and because Biden says US will defend Taiwan if China invades. He won’t agree to lower tariffs on Chinese goods and return to trade as normal with China. He passed the Chips Act to bring computer chip manufacturing back to the US and at the same time cut off China’s supply of high-tech computer chips which they desperately need.
Xi and Putin love Trump. They know how to play him and they know that if they can’t play him by just praising him (which they probably can), they can always bribe him. He’s all about the Benjamins.
Trump loves dictators. He keeps saying so over and over. Are you deaf?
60 % disagree. nice try fritz. i guess
PREACH IT FRANK.
Conservatives: Biden’s gonna get us in a war with Russia!
Also conservatives: Biden is Putin’s butt buddy!
Trump actively praises both Putin & Xi , while attacking our government and law enforcement.
Try again, dummy.
nice try vlad. your mashed potato n’ chief needs a diaper change
What exactly do Republicans have to offer regular Americans that will benefit theirs and their family’s wellbeing?
One thing? Anything?
Nobody cares about the silly anti-woke hysteria.
Most Americans have no problem with trans people or drag shows.
Social Security and Medicare are very popular, while taking womens ability to make their own medical decisions away is SUPER unpopular.
Making it harder to vote and activly working to suppress voters is very unpopular Z.
Racism and bigotry are very unpopular.
Sucking up to Putin and Xi are very unpopular.
So, what does that leave that Republicans can run on that is popular with the average voter?
I’m not seeing anything.
If they own SCOTUS and gerrymander the hell out of state legislatures they don’t need to win the average person’s vote. Racism and bigotry are unpopular but they are popular enough with just enough people that they can maximize anti-democratic strategies and hang onto power, all while being in the clear minority.
Republicans have openly embraced fascism at all levels. All of the stuff we learned about Fox thanks to Dominion’s suit is clear as day evidence of that now.
Hmmm, nobody cares about silly anti woke hysteria? In fact they do and they’re against much of the silliness: Washington post says Americans are concerned and against trans men playing women’s sports.
Forbes says 80% of Americans support voter ID.
No mainstream conservative supports racism or bigotry.
House Republicans are climbing all over Biden’s connections to China.
Where to begin? Know what? It’s a lovely evening…
See in 2024
“No mainstream conservative supports racism or bigotry.”
Hilarious qualifier. Too bad even with “mainstream” in there it is demonstrably false.
I don’t know how you look at Daily Wire’s clear usage of genocidal rhetoric against trans people and fool yourself into thinking hate isn’t the mainstream conservative talking point. The culture war you guys fight is nothing but hate.
It’s a miracle something like Jan 6th didn’t happen sooner. Surprised conservative nutters didn’t do it when Obama was sworn in.
Biden’s connection to China?? Everything Biden has done in international trade since he took office has been anti-China. There are more tariffs and sanctions on Chinese goods now than when Trump left office. He has banned the export of high-tech chips to China. He actually said out loud the US would defend Taiwan if China invades. We are selling more military goods to Taiwan than ever, sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait and inviting the President of Taiwan to the US for a state visit. How many ways can you poke the dragon?
Meanwhile Trumppy gushes on and on about how brilliant Xi is. Why do you guys always ignore the Chinese patents Xi gave to Ivanka or the fact that Jared’s family was selling green cards to the Chinese to get them to invest in their US property; or the two billion dollars the Saudis handed Jared and that they are now trying to build an alliance with the Chinese. You guys are truly blind.
You just can’t say out loud what you know to be the truth, you supported a traitor for President.
My guy, you literally couldn’t name a single thing that Republicans might offer the average voter and doubled down on the silly “anti-woke” stuff that most people are scratching their heads at? Ya’ll gonna get stomped in 2024.
Christ, haven’t the midterms taught anybody anything about how the electorate is going? The majority reject the ultra extremist wack job candidates. The panty waist GQP is being held hostage by the 30% MAGA extremists and as long as they keep putting these candidates up in general elections the more they will lose.
Donald, the ‘oranges’ of the investigation, the guy who thought there were airports during the revolutionary war, the guy who thought you could cure covid by shoving a uv light up your ass, the guy who called Tim Cook Tim Apple, is becoming increasingly unhinged. “I am your retribution.” Now he’s got a messiah complex. Who wants that?
But conservatives flock to authoritarians because they crave stern daddy figures. Pussies.
Will’s originality has totally evaporated if he’s using the whole teleprompter meme from way back in the Obama administration. Even Donnie boy tried to break out new material with Sleepy Joe.
Conservatives are in permanent cringe mode to pretend Dubya and Trump not being able to read the teleprompter helped them in any way, shape, or form.
the retard xiden can’t even cheat with crib notes….. busted. how can you even defend this maroon