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What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch

2024-03-13 16:26:00, Blog CNA

What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch

Now that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are almost certain to be nominated as the official candidates of their parties for the November elections, many people are turning their eyes to the history of the United States. The last time the same person ran twice for the presidency was in 1956, and in all of American history this has happened very rarely.

A repeat of the 2020 election is set in the United States, with the president and his predecessor almost certain to receive the nomination as the official presidential candidates of their parties.

"Now that President Biden and former President Donald Trump are almost certain to be nominated by the Democratic and Republican parties, many people are looking back at American history to see if there are many examples like this, but there are not many," says the professor of political science Cal Jillson.

Such a rematch last occurred in 1956, when Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower again defeated the same Democratic opponent from four years earlier, Adlai Stevenson. He even won the second time by an even bigger margin.

What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch
Dwight Eisenhower

"He beat him twice as he was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the Second World War and the public loved him. 'I like Ike' was a very famous campaign slogan and so Eisenhower won twice easily over Adlai Stevenson. But at the end of the process, Stevenson was widely respected... The present case may be less inspiring. But we will see how things will develop in the next eight months, now that we have clear candidates...", says Professor Jillson.

Grover Cleveland is the only president in United States history to serve two non-consecutive terms. He became the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. Mr. Cleveland won the elections in 1884 and 1892, achieving what former President Trump aims to achieve, retaking the White House from the rival who defeated him.

What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch
Grover Cleveland, left, and Benjamin Harrison

“There is the example of the 1880s and early 1890s when two names not very well known to us today, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, had a sort of rematch. There are a total of six other times in American history when the same person has run for president twice. So this is very rare," says Professor Jillson.

In the earlier confrontations, there were well-known names such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who participated in the first electoral contests that followed to choose the leader of the country after the first American president, Washington.

What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch
Thomas Jefferson in a painting in the White House

"You can imagine that if you've tasted the White House once, or if you've come very close to it, it's a taste you'll never forget, a desire that never goes away. So you would try again, often twice or more. So you can think of people like Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence, was revered in his day, ran for the presidency as early as 1796 but only won in 1800. And then watched his neighbors win the presidency. , James Madison and James Monroe," says Professor Jillson.

What American history shows about the Biden-Trump rematch
Wax figures of nine US presidents

John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson is another case of rematch for the presidency. They faced each other first in 1824, when John Quincy Adams won, and for the second time in 1828, when Mr. Jackson won against the incumbent president./ VOA

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