Biden’s brand, McCarthy’s pull and compromises’ cost in debt deal

Witness the real launch of President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.

With an address to the nation Friday night and the signing of the debt-ceiling deal Saturday, the president previewed the message and touted the record he will take to voters in 2024 as he seeks a second term.

It came at a moment that is displaying both his considerable strengths and his potential vulnerabilities in trying to forge the coalition and generate the enthusiasm that put him in the White House the first time. He rallied centrists with the deal, for instance, but discouraged some of the liberal and Black voters he’ll need again.

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