If President Joe Biden wants to follow the tradition set by his predecessors, he’ll be announcing his Presidential bid in the Spring.
But his timeline could change given the growing pressure that he announces as soon as possible to reduce the uncertainty of the entire will-he-or-won’t-he debate.
An earlier-than-usual announcement by Biden could help him win favor, especially given a lackluster show of support during the 2022 midterms, where several Democrats avoided throwing their support behind him.
Despite Biden remaining mum on when he will officially announce his intention to become the Democrat’s nominee, he hasn’t been very subtle that his leaning toward a second term.
But, one thing’s stopping him from coming out with his intentions to be President, at least according to pundits — Biden’s age.
The President is 80 years old. If he chooses to run again and win — both the Democratic primaries and the election — he’ll be 86 years old at the end of a second term.
Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian at New York University, brought up this anomaly.
Naftali emphasized that Biden and his family would have to consider the “enormous physical cost of going for another term.”
Former speech writer for former President George H.W. Bush, Mary Kate Cary, also addressed Biden’s age while acknowledging that the unusual circumstances around the timing of former President Donald Trump’s announcement raised questions about when Biden would announce.
Cary explained that Biden’s age meant “it’s not a foregone conclusion” that he’ll choose reelection.
Sgr added that Trump’s bid pressured Biden to make an earlier announcement than predecessors like former President George W. Bush, who announced in May, and former President Barack Obama, who announced in April.