Biden urges Atlanta voters to stand up against Trump: ‘He’s running for revenge’

President Biden during a campaign reception in Atlanta urged his supporters to stand up against former President Trump, as the two party front-runners head toward a rematch in November.

Biden in remarks Saturday at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, argued that Trump is only “running for revenge.”

“Folks, Trump isn’t running to lead America. He’s running for revenge,” Biden said Saturday, according to pool notes. “And look, revenge is no way to lead a country.”

Biden, who traveled to Atlanta to give the commencement address at Morehouse College Sunday, courted Georgia voters in the state’s capital city on Saturday, warning that “unhinged” Trump is a threat to “democracy.” He also praised The Peach State electorate for being the “reason” behind his 2020 election win.

The president, who won the state by a razor-thin margin in 2020, showered praise on the state’s voters and projected that with their help, he would secure the battleground state once again in November.

“Tell people that if you doubt the power of the vote, come visit Georgia,” Biden added, per the pool. “What you’ve all done is incredible. You’re the reason — not a joke — Georgia is the reason I’m president of the United States.”

Recent polls, however, have shown the president trailing Trump in Georgia, a state crucial for his reelection effort. A recent survey from The New York Times brought more headaches to the Biden campaign as it showed him falling behind the former president by 10 points in the state — the second-highest margin out of the battleground states polled, behind Nevada’s 12-point gap. 

“We feel good about the state of the race,” Biden said, despite the numbers. “There’s a lot to do. We know we’re far from over. But we know the race is close. Polls vary from moving up to down to tied but it’s hard to make any poll rational these days.” 

He reiterated the importance of the upcoming election, stating that Trump cannot be back in the Oval Office again and that “freedoms” are on the line. 

“We cannot let this man become president,” Biden said. “Our children’s future is at stake. Not a joke. If you’ll allow me to make the case… We have to win this race, not for me but for America.”

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Atlanta zoo set to return last giant pandas in US to China

Zoo Atlanta is preparing to send its giant pandas back to China, following suit with other states, the zoo confirmed Friday in a press release.

“With the 2024 expiration of Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda agreement with China, preliminary plans are underway for Lun Lun, Yang Yang, Ya Lun, and Xi Lun to travel to China later this year,” the release reads.

“Zoo Atlanta has applied for the pandas’ international travel permit, and the bears are expected to travel to China sometime in the fourth quarter of 2024,” the zoo added. “No more specific information on timing of the pandas’ travels is available at this time; timing will be identified collaboratively with official partners in China.”

Zoo officials noted that the process for returning the pandas, which are on loan from China per the website , is extensive and requires months of planning.

The pandas at Zoo Atlanta are the last remaining pandas in the U.S., as the bears at other zoos across the nation — including ones in Memphis, Tenn., and Washington, D.C. — returned their pandas back to China recently.

However, San Francisco is set to get its own pair of pandas next year, Mayor London Breed announced last month.

“San Francisco is absolutely thrilled that we will be welcoming Giant Pandas to our San Francisco Zoo,” Breed said in a statement.

China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) Secretary-General Wu Minglu said that the organization will collaborate with officials in the Bay Area city to get ready for the pandas’ arrival in 2025, according to The Associated Press.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a meeting with business executives in the city last November, called the bears “envoys of friendship.”

The panda exchange with China began under an agreement brokered by then-President Nixon in 1972, which led to several pandas being loaned to U.S. zoos for research purposes.

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