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Biden’s big reveal: “I plan on running, but…”

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President Joe Biden is not done yet.

In an interview with “TODAY” show co-host Al Roker before the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, Biden confirmed he intends to seek a second term. “I plan on running, Al, but we’re not prepared to announce it yet,” he stated.

The 80-year-old president has been consistent in his desire to run for a second term, having previously disclosed this information to civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton during a private conversation at the White House last year.

According to sources familiar with the matter, top White House advisers are in the final stages of deciding whether to launch President Biden’s re-election campaign. Among the factors being considered are the lack of a significant Democratic challenger, the media attention being devoted to Trump’s GOP nomination bid, and an impending budget battle with congressional Republicans. Despite Biden’s underwhelming approval ratings, influential members of the Democratic party have already pledged their support for his re-election campaign, even before he formally announced his candidacy.

Biden’s remarks on his re-election aspirations coincided with his departure from progressive stances on certain controversial topics, such as crime, immigration, and environmental policies, ahead of his expected campaign launch. Nevertheless, a broad range of Democrats, including progressives, moderates, leaders, and rank-and-file members, have expressed their intention to back Biden in the 2024 elections. Biden is currently the oldest US president ever elected, and if he wins a second term, he will be 86 years old at its conclusion.

Despite not yet having officially announced his re-election campaign, the 2024 presidential race was a significant focus of Biden’s State of the Union address in February. He highlighted his economic achievements and criticized Republicans in a preview of the arguments he is expected to make during his campaign.

Biden addressed a divided Congress during his speech, responding to heckling from Republican lawmakers on the House floor. He emphasized that he would not allow Republicans to use the debt ceiling to hold the economy hostage. Additionally, he condemned the baseless claims of widespread election fraud that former President Trump has propagated, referring to it as “the big lie.”

Despite these differences, the president expressed a belief that the two parties can work together, especially following Republicans’ control of the House. Biden suggested areas of potential agreement, such as addressing national security concerns related to China, promoting American manufacturing, and regulating powerful technology companies.

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