Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, says Psaki

President Joe Biden talks about the two-part infrastructure law in the state White House dining hall on Saturday, November 6, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

(Bakken) – President Biden intends to stand for re-election in 2024, says press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki confirmed Monday after a barrage of reports of discussions among Democrats about whether he would follow up on a bid for another term.

“It’s his intention,” Psaki told reporters, confirming reports that Biden has told advisers and staff he plans to run again in 2024.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Biden and his closest advisers have assured allies in recent days that he plans to seek another term. This report followed a political post last week on positioning among other Democrats who may be interested in running for president if Biden refuses to run for re-election.

While Biden’s plans for 2024 may change over the next two years, sources close to the president have claimed since taking office in January that he would run for office for another term.

Still speculating on whether he will seek the presidency again has been driven by his age and his declining popularity in recent weeks.

Biden would be 82 at the beginning of his second term if re-elected. He was already the eldest to be consecrated when he was sworn in in January. And his polls have steadily declined due to dissatisfaction with the state of the economy and especially rising prices.

Biden said during the Democratic primary in 2020 that he saw himself as a transitional figure in the party, but one who was uniquely positioned to beat the then president Donald Trump. The prospect of Trump seeking re-election in 2024 may contribute to Biden’s desire to run again.

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