United States President Joe Biden today officially announced his candidacy for a second term in the White House with Indian-origin Kamala Harris as his running mate.
In a tweet released on his account, the 80-year-old said, “Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours. That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job.”
"Joe and Kamala are running for re-election, and we need your help to spread the word," the campaign's official site says.
Harris today urged Americans to come together to fight for democracy, continue to make progress, and make sure all Americans can get ahead and thrive.
"This is a pivotal moment in our history," said Harris, the first Indian-American woman to be the vice president of the US. "The Republicans running for President want to take our country backwards. We will not let that happen. Just like we did in 2020, we must come together to fight for our democracy, continue to make progress, and make sure all Americans can get ahead and thrive.”
The three-minute campaign video accompanying Biden’s declaration opened with scenes from the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by supporters for former President Donald Trump.
“Freedom, personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans. That’s been the work of my first term. To fight for our democracy. To protect our rights, to make sure that everyone in this country is treated equally,” Biden says in the video.
Biden also condemned “MAGA extremists” and attacked ‘Make America Great Again’, the political slogan of Trump.
“It's time for respected leadership on the world stage—and dignified leadership at home. It's time for equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice. It's time for an economy that rewards those who actually do the work. It's time for a president who will stand up for all of us,” an official statement read.