What is America 2024

Democrat Joe Biden wants to run again in US presidential election in 2024 - Republicans' electoral reform "sick" and "un-American"

For the first time since taking office in January, American President Joe Biden has answered journalists' questions. He did not skimp on clear words.

(dpa) In his own words, American President Joe Biden expects to run for a second term in the White House in the 2024 election. "The answer is yes, my plan is to run for re-election, that's my expectation," said the 78-year-old Democrat on Thursday at his first media conference since taking office more than two months ago when asked. When asked if he wanted to run again with his deputy Kamala Harris as a runner-up candidate, Biden said he would expect that too. "She is a great partner."

He does not know whether he would compete against his predecessor Donald Trump in 2024, Biden said at the media conference. Republican Trump has so far left it open whether he wants to run again after his loss to Biden last November. To this day, Trump complains that he was fraudulently deprived of victory in the election. He did not provide any evidence of this. The Trump camp has failed with dozens of lawsuits in courts in various states against the election results.

Biden also spoke at the media conference about efforts by several states to make voting in elections more difficult. He described this procedure as "sick", "despicable" and "un-American". He will do everything in his power to prevent this, said Biden. Biden spoke just hours before Georgia Governor Brian Kemp enacted a restrictive reform of the electoral law on Thursday evening (local time) following votes in the local parliament.

The Democrat Biden won the traditionally republican member state of Georgia in November with a very high turnout by only a few thousand votes. Republicans around then-President Donald Trump spoke of electoral fraud without evidence. Courts rejected the allegations as unfounded. After the vote - and two Republican defeats in the Senate runoff elections a few weeks later - local Republicans campaigned to tighten the electoral law.

The new electoral law makes it difficult, among other things, to vote by postal vote and gives the parliament of the member state more powers to intervene in the course of an election. In addition, it will be forbidden for third parties to speak to voters standing in line in the future - neither water nor food may be offered.

Critics argue that the Republicans' main aim of the reform is to lower the turnout of blacks and other minorities because they are more likely to vote for the Democrats. Republicans, on the other hand, argue that it is about making the elections safer. Governor Kemp said on Twitter that he was "proud" to sign the law to guarantee "safe, fair and accessible elections" in Georgia. Republicans are currently pursuing similar laws in other states as well.

Biden described the reforms on Twitter as "despicable". He stressed that he wanted to do everything in his power for a reform of the electoral law recently adopted by the House of Representatives that would make voting easier. To enforce it at the federal level, however, the Democrats would need the support of some Republicans in the Senate, which currently seems unlikely.