US President Joe Biden is reportedly preparing to formally kick off his 2024 reelection campaign with the release of a video next week, according to Democrats familiar with the plan.
USA TODAY and The Associated Press quoted sources speaking on condition of anonymity on Friday, and the latter cited three people briefed on internal discussions who said Biden is eying an announcement Tuesday, but a decision on timing isn’t finalized.
By choosing April 25 to announce his bid, Biden would time the announcement with the four-year anniversary of his entry into the 2020 presidential election.
Biden has for months said he intends to run for reelection but held off on formally announcing a bid amid Republican infighting for the GOP presidential nomination and the lack of viable Democratic challengers.
His bid, which has been widely expected, comes as Biden remains hampered by low approval ratings in the low 40s. Many polls continue to show a majority of Democrats prefer a different party standard-bearer.
Biden, 80, is already the oldest-serving president, and he would be 86 when he finishes a second term if he wins reelection.
Yet Democrats overcame strong headwinds and historic inflation to outperform expectations in last year’s midterm elections, using abortion rights and the shadow of former President Donald Trump to energize Democratic voters, according to USA Today.
In recent months, Biden has adopted a campaign message targeted at working-class voters who have left the Democratic Party by touting efforts to increase domestic manufacturing and revive factories.