Democrats set 2024 convention in Chicago; Re-election eyes Biden | Politics News
US President Joe Biden, 80, is still signaling his intention to run for re-election, but has not yet announced a formal bid.
Washington, DC – Chicago will host the 2024 Democratic convention, the party has said as it pushes to retain control of the White House with President Joe Biden.
Tuesday’s announcement sent a strong signal that the 80-year-old Biden will seek re-election next year despite concerns about his age.
“The Chicago convention bid received support from a wide range of midwestern and northwest Democrats who represent the party’s diversity, demonstrating the strong coalition that will help re-elect the President Biden and Vice President Harris, and electing Democrats up and down the ticket,” said the Democrat. The National Committee (DNC) said in a statement.
The midwestern states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota – all near Chicago, which is in the state of Illinois – were critical to Biden’s victory in 2020.
On Monday, Biden clearly indicated that he intends to seek the presidency again. “I’m planning to run now, but we’re not ready to announce yet,” he told US network NBC at a White House Easter egg roll event.
Biden is already the oldest president in American history. If re-elected, he would be 82 at the time of his second inauguration and 86 by the end of that term.
While public opinion polls show that some voters are concerned about Biden’s age, tenure usually strengthens candidates’ standing in US elections, and primary challenges to his side are rare. -within their own party of sitting leaders who are eligible for re-election.
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Marianne Williamson, a renowned author and 2020 candidate, has announced a primary challenge against Biden promising more progressive policies, but her campaign is largely seen as a long shot.
Earlier this year, the DNC moved its first presidential primary to South Carolina, a Biden stronghold among Democratic voters, all but protecting the president from early impeachment if challenged. given to him for the nomination of the party.
Supporters of the move said it would increase diversity within the Democratic Party. South Carolina is more ethnically diverse than Iowa, which is predominantly white and was formerly the first primary state.
Only a handful of candidates from either party have officially launched a 2024 presidential campaign, including former President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election by Biden.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not yet announced his candidacy, is widely seen as Trump’s worst rival for the Republican nomination. The former president is facing criminal charges in New York as well as several investigations, including his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.
Trump has dismissed the allegations and probes as political attempts to derail his 2024 chances.
For his part, Biden has largely declined to comment on Trump’s legal woes.
On Tuesday, Biden welcomed the choice of Chicago as the host of the 2024 DNC convention.
“Democrats will gather to showcase our historic progress including building an economy from the middle out and from the bottom up, not from the top down,” the US president said in a statement.
Chicago, which saw nearly 700 murders in 2022, is a frequent target of criticism by Republicans, who attribute crime rates in the Democratic city to the failure of liberal policies.
Last week, Chicago elected progressive local politician Brandon Johnson as mayor against Paul Vallas, a more conservative and tough-on-crime opponent.
“I look forward to working closely with the DNC to produce an amazing convention that showcases Chicago’s diverse culture, our beautiful waterfront, our award-winning hospitality sector, and the so- our greatest asset: our amazing people,” Johnson said in a DNC statement.