Biden announces his intention to run for a second presidential term
The US President Joe Biden confirmed Friday that he intends to announce his candidacy for a second term in the presidential elections scheduled for 2024, but he won’t take this step now.
In his interview with ABC News, Biden (80 years old), the oldest president in the history of the United States, said that “my intention is and it was from the beginning to run for a second term”.
Hours earlier, US First Lady Jill Biden told the Associated Press that her husband had decided on his candidacy, and all that remained was to determine when and where it would be announced.
In the interview with ABC News, broadcaster David Muir asked the Democrat president about the statement made by his wife, and he only responded with a joke, without confirming or denying it.
However, Biden stressed that he is in no rush to announce his candidacy.
“There are a lot of other things that we need to get done in the short term before I start campaigning for a second term,” he said.
In response to a question about whether his age affects his decision to run or not, Biden replied, “No… But it’s legitimate for people to raise issues about my age that is completely legitimate”.
“All I can say to them is ‘watch me’,” he added, apparently referring to the outcome of the first half of his term.
If Biden wins a second term and completes it, he will leave the White House at the age of 86.
A medical examination conducted last week concluded that he was in good health, energetic, and capable of performing his duties.