What are President Biden’s chances in a rematch against Donald Trump and is his age a concern?

Monday 29 January 2024

At 81 years of age, Joe Biden is the oldest US president and arguably the most powerful man in the world. But whether he would stand for a second term has been consistently called into question.

In April 2023, President Biden formally declared his candidacy for re-election as the Democratic nominee, hoping to secure his second and final term as president at the 2024 elections.

However, it was a decision which sparked much speculation around the US, shown by opinion polls at the time of the announcement.

Over three-quarters of Americans, including Democrat supporters, expressed concerns about his age and felt it would be a problem if he were to have a second spell in the White House.

Joe Biden has had a number of worrisome slip-ups during his tenure, fuelling the concerns about his age

As it stands, should both frontrunners secure their party's nomination, a Biden versus Trump rematch would be on the cards.

Given that Donald Trump's controversies have been drawing considerable attention since the announcement of his campaign, it's important to look into some of the concerns associated with a Biden victory.

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Joe Biden has had his fair share of worrisome slip-ups during his tenure, fuelling the concerns of those already sceptical about his age.

Perhaps the most worrying of them all was when the President tripped over on stage while handing out diplomas at an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony back in June last year.

Precautions have since been taken to prevent the 81-year-old, diagnosed with arthritis, from toppling again - including physiotherapy sessions and wearing tennis trainers.

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But it’s not just a costly stumble which has put the spotlight on Biden’s age, the Democrat has faced ridicule on social media for a series of slurred speeches and verbal blunders.

In June 2023, the President infamously confused the ongoing war in Ukraine with the Iraq War, which ended in 2011.

During a discussion about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden said that Putin was "clearly losing the war in Iraq," leaving reporters perplexed.

'God save the Queen'

In another incident, during a speech on gun control, Biden curiously signed off by blurting "God save the Queen.”

The White House later claimed that he was addressing someone in the crowd, raising questions as to which queen he was referring to, given the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Biden has also, rather ironically, addressed Rishi Sunak as “Mr. President,” during a meeting with the PM, before quickly correcting himself as the world leaders laughed it off.

But one of the most bizarre outbursts occurred at the Vietnam press conference last September, when Biden told the audience “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed,” in the middle of a rambled answer about the Chinese premier.

The President’s speech was then seemingly cut off by the interruption of jazz music before he had finished.

President Biden attributes these embarrassing gaffes to his speech impediment, but it hasn’t prevented the growing concerns amongst American voters.

This will be much to the amusement of Donald Trump, who has been quick to mock his rival at any given chance.

Could Joe Biden beat Donald Trump?

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Following victories across their opening primary elections, Biden will likely face Republican front runner Donald Trump in the November election.

In a recent YouGov poll, respondents were asked to predict the outcome of a potential rematch between Biden and Trump, regardless of who they preferred.

The results showed that 44% felt Trump would win, while 35% favoured Biden, and 21% were unsure.

Although, opinions were evenly divided when asked which candidate they actually support, with 43% for each - the remainders being unsure.

While the exact outcome of the election later this year is uncertain, the potential Biden-Trump rematch would not be short of controversies.