(The Hill) – President Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Monday following a flurry of reports of talks between Democrats on whether he would follow through on a candidacy for a second term.
“That is his intention,” Psaki told reporters, confirming reports that Biden had told advisers and staff that he planned to run again in 2024.
The Washington Post reported this weekend that Biden and his closest advisers had reassured their allies in recent days that he was planning to run for a second term. The report followed a Politico article last week about positioning among other Democrats who might be interested in running for president if Biden refuses to run for office.
While Biden’s plans for 2024 may change over the next two years, sources close to the president have maintained since taking office in January that he will campaign for a second term.
Yet speculation as to whether he will run for president again has been fueled by his age and waning popularity in recent weeks.
Biden would be 82 at the start of his second term, if re-elected. He was already the oldest person to be invested when he was sworn in in January. And its poll numbers have steadily declined amid dissatisfaction with the state of the economy and rising prices in particular.
Biden said during the 2020 Democratic primary that he sees himself as a transitional figure within the party, but who is uniquely positioned to beat then-President Donald Trump. The prospect of Trump’s re-election in 2024 could contribute to Biden’s desire to run for re-election.
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