U.S. President Joe Biden officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday morning, drawing the ire of several Alabama officials.

Though Biden has received mostly favorable treatment from the corporate media, his presidency has been fraught with political turmoil. He's been criticized for his unsustainable government spending, out-of-control inflation, his support for politically-charged ESG investing and weaponization of the federal bureaucracy against political dissents and opponents. 

A recent poll showed that even 40% of Biden supporters in 2020 didn't want him to run again in 2024. Over a third of poll respondents said they'd vote for a third party if it meant not voting for Biden or former President Donald Trump.

If re-elected, Biden would be 86 at the end of his final term, raising further concerns due to his age.

Other Democrats seeking the nomination include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson.

Trump has already declared his intention to seek the Republican nomination along with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, conservative media personality Larry Elder, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, businessman Perry Johnson and former pharmaceutical CEO Vivek Ramaswamy.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' name has been frequently suggested as a potential candidate, but he has not made an official announcement as to whether he will seek the GOP nomination.

"The American people are far worse off today than they were four years ago," U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said in a statement to 1819 News. "Just look at the cost of living, crime, border security, military recruiting, national security, and the morale of the country. Joe Biden says he wants to 'finish the job.' Is the job destroying the United States of America? We need a President who wakes up every day to fight for the American people, and that's not Joe Biden."

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) cited the high inflation during Biden's term, the country's fentanyl problem and the illegal immigration crisis on Twitter in response to the Biden bid announcement. 

"Hardworking Americans can't afford for President Biden to 'finish the job,'" Britt tweeted.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth attacked Biden on multiple fronts and said he "must be defeated" in 2024.

"Under Joe Biden, the U.S. has experienced runaway inflation, uncontrolled crime, a disastrous surrender in Afghanistan, men pretending to be women and vice versa, open door border policies, and countless attacks on the traditional morals and commonsense values that have defined our nation since its founding," Ainsworth said in a statement on Facebook. "Joe Biden is destroying America and must be defeated."

However, one notable Alabama political figure, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, appears to support Biden and Harris' bid for re-election, and Woodfin has apparently already donated to their campaign.

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