On Friday (April 14), President Joe Biden revealed to reporters that he had already decided on whether or not he’ll run for re-election and would make an announcement “relatively soon.”
Biden explained he had already made the calculation and would “announce it relatively soon,” adding that his trip to Ireland had “reinforced” his optimism about what he could do.
He made the comments before leaving Ireland for the United States.
The President insisted he had already informed Reporters that his plan is to run again.
For months Biden has suggested he plans to seek re-election but has repeatedly missed reported deadlines for a formal announcement.
At first, Biden’s advisers said the President could announce his plans soon after February’s State of the Union address; when that didn’t materialize, reports suggested Biden would announce his plans in the spring.
Regardless of when Biden chooses to announce a bid for a second term if he were to win the 2024 Presidential race, the President would be 82 years old at the start of his second term.
Also earlier in the week, Biden and the Democratic National Committee announced that the party’s 2024 convention would be held in Chicago.
The announcement followed news reports that Biden may wait until the summer to make the announcement.
White House allies and Democratic strategists said Biden was in no rush to formally announce his candidacy.
Democrats have not asked Biden to step aside either, with the implication being that delaying the announcement would allow him to focus on the presidency and his present agenda.
So far, the only candidates in the Democratic race are author Marianne Williamson, who ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2020, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.