According to multiple reports from US media agencies, President Joe Biden may announce his candidacy for reelection in 2024 as early as next week. Biden’s advisors are currently considering a launch on April 25th, accompanied by a video message and fundraising appeal. However, plans are still tentative, and the date may change.
The timing of the announcement is meant to coincide with the four-year anniversary of Biden’s successful 2016 White House campaign.
At 80 years old, Biden is the oldest person ever to serve as president, but he has long signaled his intention to run for a second term. The reported reason for the earlier announcement is to begin fundraising for what is expected to be an expensive campaign and to put an end to questions about Biden’s future plans.
The low-key video message and fundraising appeal approach would be similar to how the Obama-Biden ticket announced their bid in 2011.
Although some in the Democratic Party have expressed concerns about Biden’s age, he is not expected to face a serious primary challenge. However, if he wins, he will be 82 when he takes the oath of office for a second time and 86 when he leaves the White House.
Issues such as high inflation, a fragile economy, and middling approval ratings could work against Biden’s candidacy, particularly if he faces Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the general election.