US President Joe Biden confirmed at the conclusion of a visit to Ireland on Friday that he will formally announce his campaign for re-election to the White House in 2024 “relatively soon.”
“I told you my plan is to run again,” Biden told reporters as he prepared to board Air Force One, shortly after delivering a public address to an estimated 27,000 people outside St. Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina, County Mayo.
“I’ve already made that calculus,” Biden added. “We’ll announce it relatively soon. But the trip here just reinforced my sense of optimism about what can be done.”
Biden, 80, had previously indicated that he will be on the ballot in 2024. However, the absence of a formal announcement has led to concerns within some Democrat circles as to the impact of flagging poll numbers, as well as his advancing age, on a second run.