President Joe Biden is set to launch his 2024 campaign with a speech highlighting the risks to democracy posed by Donald Trump, marking three years since the January 6 US Capitol attack.
In his speech, Biden is expected to describe the fight for democracy as a “sacred cause.” This comes a day before the third anniversary of the Capitol assault by a pro-Trump mob, which attempted to overturn Biden’s 2020 election victory. Recent polls show Biden trailing or at par with Trump, framing his likely Republican rival as a national threat in his address near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, a site of historical importance from the US Independence War.
Biden’s campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, emphasized that the “battle for the soul of America,” which was Biden’s election pitch four years ago, remains more relevant than ever. The campaign will continue with a visit to a South Carolina church, the site of a tragic shooting in 2015, symbolizing the ongoing challenges facing America.
Donald Trump, now 77, faces a criminal trial over attempts to subvert the 2020 election and has been barred from presidential primaries in some states due to allegations of insurrection. However, perspectives on the January 6 event remain divided among Americans.
Biden’s choice of Valley Forge for his speech is symbolic, echoing the unity achieved by George Washington during a challenging period in American history. The speech was rescheduled due to a winter storm.
Challenges and Poll Concerns
The Biden campaign has faced criticism for a perceived slow start and is contending with various challenges. Biden’s approval ratings are low, and there are concerns about the economy, immigration issues, foreign policy decisions, and funding for Ukraine. His cautious approach to Trump’s legal issues has also been a topic of debate. Biden’s age has been a point of vulnerability, with some questioning his capability for reelection.
The Pennsylvania and South Carolina speeches aim to present a direct choice between Biden and Trump, setting the tone for the upcoming campaign. Biden’s first TV ad of the year highlights the threat to democracy, featuring dramatic imagery from the Capitol attack.