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Biden gears up for Trump rematch with age and approval front and center

By David Smith

25 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The worst-kept secret in Washington is out—Joe Biden is running for reelection. But given his age and low approval ratings, is this good for Democrats and America? Here's The Guardian's analysis.

Legend has it that when the artist Benjamin West told King George III that George Washington, the first US president, had decided to resign, the king replied: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”

Some urged Joe Biden, the 46th president, to follow suit and, at the age of 80, hand power to a new generation. Who were they kidding? The worst-kept secret in Washington is out: Biden is running for re-election next year.

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