Washington, April 25 (BNA) President Joe Biden is set to formally announce Tuesday his plans to run for re-election in 2024, asking voters to give him more time to “finish the job” he started when he was sworn into office. They put aside their concerns about extending the term of America’s oldest president for another four years.
Biden, who will turn 86 at the end of a second term, is betting on his legislative achievements in the first term, and his more than 50 years of experience in Washington will be more important than concerns about his age.
He faces a smooth path to winning his party’s nomination, with no serious Democratic challenger. But he is still about to face an uphill battle to retain the presidency in a country deeply divided.
The announcement will come on the fourth anniversary of Biden’s announcement to the White House in 2019, promising to heal “the soul of the nation” amid the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump — a goal that has remained elusive, according to the Associated Press.
While the issue of seeking re-election has been a given for most modern presidents, that hasn’t always been the case for Biden.
A significant segment of Democratic voters has indicated they would prefer him not to run, in part because of his age — concerns that Biden himself has described as “completely legitimate.”