By Jeff Mason
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stopped together at their 2024 campaign headquarters on Saturday to rally staff and supporters ahead of a tough re-election campaign that risks pitting them against former President Donald. Asset.
The Democratic leaders and re-election candidates were joined by their respective spouses, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, at the Wilmington, Delaware, office, which is near the Biden family home.
The president, 81, is expected to face Trump, 77, the distant favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, in a rematch most Americans don’t want.
“I feel good about where we are, I really do,” Biden told staff and supporters at his campaign headquarters, citing some recent public opinion polls that showed him leading Trump in a hypothetical match.
However, other recent polls, including a Reuters/Ipsos survey conducted Jan. 22-24, show Trump in the lead — and a close race is expected.
Biden has described Trump, who faces numerous criminal charges including for trying to overturn the 2020 election that he lost to the current president, as a threat to democracy.
Trump portrayed Biden as overseeing a nation in decline.
The close contest has exposed deep-rooted divisions in the United States and disagreements on everything from Trump’s chaotic presidency to the two candidates’ respective policies on immigration and abortion.
Biden’s re-election bid will be presented to voters for the first time on Saturday, when Democrats hold their first 2024 primary in South Carolina.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Jason Lange in Washington; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Diane Craft)