Biden declares intention to run for second term as US president
Joe Biden has declared his intention to seek for second term as US president in 2024.
Biden is already the oldest president in the US history, having contested for the office when he was 78 years.
But he has always signaled he would run for another four-year term.
In a video to launch his bid on Tuesday, Biden cast next year’s election as a fight for democracy and personal freedom, saying: “Let’s finish the job.”
“When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America. And we still are,” he said in the video.
“The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer.
“I know what I want the answer to be and I think you do too. This is not a time to be complacent. That’s why I’m running for reelection.”
But the Republicans called Biden “out of touch” for seeking re-election, claiming US citizens were counting down the days until they can send him “packing”
Donald Trump has already launched his bid, meaning the pair could be set for a rematch of the 2020 election in November next year
With Biden’s Democrats performing better than expected in last year’s midterm elections, he is unlikely to face much competition from within his own party
But an NBC News poll recently found that 70 percent of Americans, and just over half of Democrats, believe he should not run again
Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru, and Robert Kennedy, the anti-vaccine and environmental activist, are among those who will be vying for the party’s ticket.