Biden says ‘I plan on RUNNING’ in 2024: President, 80, reveals plans to Al Roker but admits ‘we’re not prepared to announce it yet’ – despite mounting questions about his health and age
- Biden told NBC’s Al Roker that he is ‘planning’ to run in 2024 on Monday
- The announcement came before the annual White House Easter Egg Roll
- Admitted to Roker that ‘we’re not prepared to announce it yet’
Biden, 80, said he’s ‘planning’ on a re-election bid during an interview with the Today Show’s Al Roker ahead of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with Jill Biden at his side.
The president has said multiple times he intends to run again in 2024, despite questions about his health and age, but has made no indications of when he’ll formally announce his bid.
Roker asked him: ‘I was just wondering, Mr. President, will you be taking part in the Easter egg rolls after 2024?’
President Joe Biden gave his strongest indication yet that he’s running for re-election
‘I plan on at least three or four more Easter egg rolls? Maybe five,’ Biden said. ‘Maybe six. What the hell. I don’t know.’
Roker asked him if he was planning on running in 2024.
‘I’ll either be the guy rolling the egg or the guy pushing them out,’ Biden quipped.
‘I plan on running, Al,’ he said, ‘but we’re not prepared to announce it yet.’
Biden is the oldest president in history, and at his annual physical earlier this year, his doctor declared him fit to be president.
Originally there was talk Biden would announce his re-election campaign in February, shortly after his State of the Union address. Then the talk was it would be in April.
But his packed schedule shows no timeline for an announcement. The president leaves for Ireland on Tuesday, where he’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and visit his ancestor’s land.
Joe and Jill Biden joined Al Roker on the Today Show to talk about the Easter Egg Roll
Easter Egg Roll decorations are on display in the East Colonnade of the White House
Toward the end of the month he and Jill Biden will host their second state dinner.
It is unclear why he hasn’t announced yet or when he will do so.
Biden averages a 44% approval rating in the RealClearPolitics polling average.
He hasn’t drawn a serious primary challenger although Marianne Williamson and Robert Kennedy Jr. have announced bids.