President Biden ‘planning on running’ in 2024 US election – but won’t ‘announce it yet’
President Joe Biden has appeared to confirm that he will run for re-election in 2024.
Mr Biden, 80, said on Monday that he plans to run for president in 2024 but was not prepared to announce it yet.
“I plan on running … but we’re not prepared to announce it yet,” he said in an interview on NBC before the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Both Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have said they will run together, with White House advisers set to make final decisions on launching the re-election campaign, NBC reported.
“The decision part is over, but he resents the pressure to have to announce what he’s already decided,” one source told Sky News’ US partner network, NBC.
It follows numerous hints from the president that he will bid for a second term in the White House.
Last month Mr Biden quipped that he is seeking a “back-to-back” term.
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Before then, First Lady Jill Biden said it was her husband’s intention to seek re-election. Speaking on a five-day trip to Africa earlier this year, she said there is “pretty much” nothing left to do but work out the time and place for the announcement.
This “deliberate” approach of hinting a re-election bid to the public, could be driven by a number of factors including there being no clear challenger within the Democratic party; and the indictment of Donald Trump consuming the political spotlight.
The delay also serves to “preserve the option not” to run, another advisor to Mr Biden told NBC.
In the past there has been concerns over Mr Biden’s age and whether he is too old to continue leading the country, as he would be 86 at the end of a second term.