Why Is Joe Biden Running For Reelection, Anyway?

  • In late April, President Biden brought an end to one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington by announcing officially that, yes, he was indeed running for a second term in office to, as he exclaimed in a campaign launch video, “finish the job.”
  • The announcement, while conspicuously telegraphed over the past year or so, would nevertheless have surprised many in the run-up to Biden’s 2020 campaign, when aides and insiders widely believed he would serve a single term as a “good transition figure” for a new generation of Democratic leaders, according to one adviser.
  • At some point during the first two years of his presidency, however, that calculus changed, with Biden now campaigning on the promise of continuation, not transition. So why is Joe Biden running for reelection?


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