Washington: President Joe Biden rolled out the first ad of his 2024 reelection campaign on Wednesday, casting himself as a warrior in defense of freedom, but immediately found himself grappling with questions about his advanced age and droopy poll numbers.
At an afternoon news conference with South Korea’s president, Biden swatted away questions about his 42% job approval rating in part by arguing that most politicians running for reelection end up in roughly the same boat.
“I feel good, I feel excited about the prospects,” he said. “I think we’re on the verge of turning the corner in a way we haven’t in a long time.”
As for his age — the president would be 86 when he left office if reelected — Biden said such numbers don’t even compute with him.
“I can’t even guess how old I am,” he said. “I can’t even say the number, it doesn’t register with me. The only thing I can say is they’re going to see a race and they’re going to judge whether I have or don’t have it.”
He added: “Things are moving. And the reason I’m running again is there’s a job to finish.”
Biden spoke from the Rose Garden as he was hosting South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for a state visit.
The president, who announced his reelection campaign on Tuesday, offered a sharp comparison of his tenure with that of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who also is a candidate once again.