President Joe Biden officially announced his 2024 bid on Tuesday, running for a second consecutive presidential term.
Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours.
That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job. https://t.co/V9Mzpw8Sqy pic.twitter.com/Y4NXR6B8ly
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2023
Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, will be 86 in 2028. He joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson as the third official Democratic candidate in the race.
Biden’s administration had maintained that he had the intention of running, but the president himself has tiptoed around the issue several times, saying he would keep his family and health in mind when making a final verdict. (RELATED: ‘I Think People Have To Just Watch Me’: Biden Reveals Thoughts On His Health, Running In 2024)
Biden’s physician deemed the president to be “fit for duty” after conducting a physical examination in February, but a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll conducted in the same month showed a majority of Americans, 63%, thought Biden was too old to run for president.
The president increasingly hinted at launching another presidential run in the months leading up to his official announcement, telling reporters in April that he would make a decision “relatively soon” and that his team was just “not prepared to announce it yet.”
First lady Jill Biden has stated that she would fully support Biden going for another run, saying it’s his decision and that the family would “support whatever he wants to do.”
Vice President Kamala Harris will likely join Biden on the 2024 ticket, as Biden said in January of 2022 that she will be his running mate.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, a senior West Wing official and the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, is slated to be Biden’s campaign manager, CBS reported.
The campaign is reportedly eyeing Wilmington, Delaware, as a potential headquarters site. Biden frequently visits the city, where he has a personal residence, on the weekends.