While President Joe Biden hasn’t officially filed paperwork to run for re-election in 2024, he told members of the media earlier this week that he definitely has plans for doing so.
On Monday, the president taped a segment of the “Today” show on NBC with host Al Roker, during the annual Easter egg roll at the White House. The host directly asked Biden whether he had plans to host additional future events, apparently a nod to whether he planned to run for re-election.
“I plan on at least three or four more Easter egg rolls. Maybe five. Maybe six, what the hell? I don’t know.”
Roker followed that up by asking:
“Are you saying that you would be taking part in our upcoming election in 2024? Help a brother out, make some news for me.”
“I plan on running, Al, but we’re not prepared to announce it yet.”
This isn’t really anything new, since Biden has said for months now that he has full intentions of running for re-election in 2024. What has changed over time is when Biden would officially make the announcement and file his paperwork.
It was initially believed that Biden would make the announcement soon after he gave his annual State of the Union address in February. That didn’t happen, though, and so reports started surfacing from the White House that an official announcement would be coming in the spring.
Spring is now here, of course, and while there are still two full months to go in it, it’s looking more and more likely that the president is in no rush to make an official announcement.
Many recent reports point to this fact, saying that Biden may decide to hold off on officially filing paperwork to run for re-election until sometime in the summer. He’s in no major rush to file, since he’d be the huge frontrunner to recapture the Democratic nomination.
Plus, holding off on making the announcement would allow him to focus more on running the country so that he could promote his liberal agenda to the country, his inside sources have said. That could be pretty important for him, as much of the country hasn’t been behind the agenda that he and his administration have put forth over his first two years in office.
To this point also, only one other Democrat has officially filed to challenge a potential Biden re-election bid. That person is Marianne Williamson, an author who ran in 2020 as well. She’s not considered to be a major challenge to Biden, though.
Many have been rumored to be the “next in line” for the liberals, but political pundits have surmised that these people would only step up to run if Biden decided that he wasn’t going to seek a second term.
In addition to his overall lack of support among the public, there has been a lot of concern about Biden’s age. He’d be 82 years old at the start of his second term.