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‘Four more years’: Biden hints at 2024 as he rallies Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden has not announced a 2024 bid for the presidency, but his message to party loyalists on Friday evening was unmistakable.

“We’re just getting started,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee meeting. “We’ve got a lot more to do.”

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Biden is expected to launch another White House bid in the coming months. His appearance before party leaders at a DNC function in Pennsylvania laid a foundation for reelection that the president is expected to build on next week in his State of the Union address.

“Let me ask you a simple question: are you with me?” Biden asked early in his Friday speech.

The crowd of organizers and activists responded in unison: “Four more years.”

Biden’s message to party leaders

The president emphasized his record to Democratic loyalists and hinted at his future plans:

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  • The economy: Biden referenced Friday’s stronger than anticipated jobs report and the 3.4 percent unemployment rate — an almost 54-year low.
  • Middle class: Biden said he’s working to make inroads with working class Americans who felt unseen and forgotten.
  • Judicial nominees: The president touted his appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She is the first Black woman to sit on the high court.
  • Gun reforms: Biden said that he’d like to see Congress pass an assault weapons ban and limit the number bullets that can be in magazines.
  • Biden’s agenda: He also said he wants to cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month, adopt paid family and medical leave, make childcare more affordable, enshrine abortion rights and pass voting and policing reform bills.

‘We are delivering’

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Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking before Biden, told party leaders and local Democrats, “We are delivering big time.”

Taking a swipe at Republicans, who she did not name, Harris said, “There are those who want to stand in the way of our momentum.”

She said “extremist, so-called leaders” are banning books, rejecting the history of America and making it harder for Americans to vote.

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“But we know what to do,” Harris said. “We vote. And right now, this January of 2023, we build on our momentum.”

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