President Joe Biden is set to officially announce his 2024 reelection bid early next week, despite plenty of talk suggesting that his declining cognitive capacity would prevent him from running again.
Team Biden is “finalizing plans to release a video for the president to officially launch his campaign,” The Washington Post reported, citing sources briefed on the plans. The newspaper said Tuesday is the target date and that it will coincide with the four-year anniversary of his 2020 campaign launch. The sources did warn that the announcement could be delayed.
“The planned announcement would move the country one step closer to what could be an extraordinary presidential campaign,” the Post reported. “Biden, 80, would be 86 at the end of a second term, considerably older than any other president in U.S. history. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, 76, the man he defeated in 2020, has announced his own bid to reclaim the Oval Office, signaling a return to a highly unorthodox presidency should he succeed.”
Top Biden advisers Anita Dunn and Jen O’Malley Dillon are reportedly overseeing the reelection efforts and are interviewing staff for key roles.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Biden running at Thursday’s press briefing.
“Top donors from the President’s 2020 campaign have been invited to D.C. to meet with him next week,” a reporter began. “As it seems like a campaign decision is approaching at some time, can you kind of lay out how the President plans to separate his role as a political candidate versus his day job here?”
“So, first, I’m not going to comment on 2024 or potential plans or whatever is going to happen in 2024. As you know, we follow the Hatch Act here in this administration,” Jean-Pierre replied, referring to rules prohibiting government agencies from campaign activity. “What I will say is that any announcement or anything that is related to 2024 certainly will not come from here.”
The president’s full schedule for next week has yet to be released, but he is set to host the president of South Korea on Wednesday for a state visit and is expected to speak at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in Washington on Saturday night. The Post noted that Biden may have dinner with the donors on Friday night.
Biden will face Democratic primary challenges from environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who just announced his bid, and from spiritual guru Marianne Williamson.
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