During a recent casual interview with US broadcaster NBC, President Joe Biden hinted at his intention to seek re-election in 2024.
When asked about his plans for the upcoming presidential race, Biden said he “plans” on running again but conceded that he is “not prepared to announce it yet.” His comments came before the annual White House Easter Children’s Party.
Biden has previously expressed his intention to run for another four-year term. During a press conference in November last year, he spoke of his desire to seek re-election but mentioned that he would discuss it with his family over the year-end holidays.
Then, his wife, Jill Biden, also stated in February that the timing of the formal announcement was the only aspect that was yet to be decided, stating, “How many times does he have to say it for you to believe it?” during a visit to Africa.
White House staff had initially suggested that Biden could make an announcement as early as February before pushing the date to April. The latest reports indicate that he may wait until the new campaign fundraising quarter begins in July.
This would allow Biden to maximize the time he can gather donations before disclosing them publicly. Quarterly fundraising totals are often seen as an important indicator of a campaign’s strength.
Currently, there are only two announced candidates for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination – best-selling self-help author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr.
However, no prominent Democratic officeholders seem to be considering a challenge to the incumbent president, which gives Biden the flexibility to set the timing of his formal announcement without significant external pressure.
Despite his party’s lack of formidable rivals, Biden and his advisers are reportedly assembling a campaign team and staffing the independent political action committee, Future Forward, which will provide financial support for his re-election effort.
Behind the scenes, preparations are underway for a potential campaign, even as Biden continues to focus on governing the nation.
Can Biden see out a second term as president?
It’s worth noting that at 80 years old, Biden is already the oldest president in US history. If he wins re-election, he would be 86 by the end of his second term.
There are legitimate concerns over whether Joe Biden can see out a second term in the Oval Office. The current president has often been seen stumbling over his words and even struggling to piece complete sentences together.
This has led to calls for presidential candidates to take a competency test before seeking election. Among the most vocal calling for this test is former president Donald Trump.
“ANYBODY running for the Office of President of the United States should agree to take a full & complete Mental Competency Test simultaneously (or before!) with the announcement that he or she is running, & likewise, but to a somewhat lesser extent, agree to a test which would prove that you are physically capable of doing the job,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.