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President Joe Biden officially announced his re-election bid early Tuesday morning, multiple outlets reported.
"When I ran for president four years ago, I said we were in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are," Biden says in his campaign's three-minute video announcement.
Biden made the announcement exactly four years after entering the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020.
Biden's announcement comes amid tanking approval ratings in the low 40s as citizens cope with staggering inflation, CNN noted.
"Polls show that a majority of voters — and even a majority of Democrats — don’t want him to run again. And the last thing the country appears to want is a Biden rematch with the 45th president, who’s the current front-runner in the nascent Republican primary race."
On the Democrat side, Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have announced their intention to challenge Biden.
On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Asa Hutchinson, Perry Johnson, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Larry Elder have formally declared their bids. Others expected to soon announce their intentions include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, as the Associated Press reported.
President Biden's video announcement opens with chaotic images from the Capitol riots of January 6, moving quickly to an image of a pro-choice protester holding a sign in front of the Supreme Court.
"Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans," Biden says in a voiceover, with an image of Vice President Kamala Harris and her spouse, Doug Emhoff, in a parade-like setting, with Harris casually dressed in a "love is love" T-shirt.
Biden goes on to say that the work of his first term has been to "fight for democracy."
He moves then to attack "MAGA extremists" who he says are "lining up to take on those bedrock freedoms." He proceeds with well-worn political talking points involving Social Security, taxes, election integrity, education, and the like.
About two minutes and 15 seconds into the video, the slow-paced, serious tone changes dramatically to reflect a more energetic, upbeat feel.
"This is our moment," Biden says, with the president shown running into a room. "Let's finish this job. I know we can," Biden says, as the video comes to a close.
As of 7:45 a.m. Eastern time, the video announcement on YouTube had garnered a paltry 1.3 thousand thumbs ups and 5,542 views.
Watch Biden's "Let's Finish the Job" re-election announcement video in full below.
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