Pro: Should Joe Biden Run for Re-election?

Hedy Hao '26, Staff Writer

Many oppose the idea of Joe Biden running for re-election as he approaches the second half of his first term. Since his election, Biden’s approval rates have dropped drastically. Many voters cite concerns over Biden’s age — the President is currently 79 and would be 86 at the end of a second term. However, Biden’s accomplishments in office and ability to handle crises show that he is the best candidate for the Democratic Party nomination in 2024.

Biden took office during a turbulent year marked by the rise of COVID-19. Between the health crisis and economic issues stemming from the pandemic, Biden entered office during a difficult time. During the span of one year, Biden worked to address issues central to his campaign. The Biden-Harris administration led the charge on COVID vaccinations while also reopening 96% of schools in the country after COVID-19 related shutdowns, according to the Department of Education. In addition to his COVID-19 response, according to CNN, the Biden administration oversaw the creation of 6.6 million jobs, the highest number of jobs added in a single year. Furthermore, through the Affordable Care Act, 14.5 million Americans registered for 2022 health coverage, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Biden also made moves to tackle the climate crisis by rejoining the Paris Agreement, an international treaty signed by 193 nations that aims to fight global warming and adapt to climate change. The action and initiative that Biden took in his first year in office demonstrate that he is a leader who can create change and is therefore the right candidate for the Democrats.

Today, the U.S. is still struggling to combat high inflation rates and the climate crisis. Biden recently signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which invests billions to fight inflation, lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by about 40% by 2030. During a Senate floor speech, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer applauded the bill as a “game changer” and remarked that it “will kickstart the era of affordable clean energy in America.” Among other investments in clean energy technology and forest conservation, the bill encourages electric vehicle purchases by including a $7,500 tax credit for low-to-middle-income buyers. The Inflation Reduction Act was a significant victory for the Biden administration and serves as an example of Biden’s commitment to the fight against climate change.

The 2024 election is over two years away, and much could happen in that time. So far, however, Biden’s presidency has built him a strong base on which to campaign. Despite the adversity his administration has faced, it is evident that Biden has significantly improved the country in a variety of ways and gives the Democratic Party the best chance to win the 2024 election.