President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he will run for re-election in 2024, a move that will determine whether Americans are willing to elect the 80-year-old Democrat, who already is the country’s oldest president to another four years in office.
Biden made his announcement in a slickly produced video released by his new campaign team, in which he declares it is his job to defend American democracy
Biden’s age makes his re-election bid a historic and risky gamble for the Democratic Party, which faces a tough election map to hold the Senate in 2024 and is the minority in the House of Representatives now.
As an incumbent, Biden is unlikely to encounter much opposition from members of his own party. He has assembled a team of rising-star Democrats to assist his campaign, including the governors of Illinois and Pennsylvania, J.B. Pritzker and Josh Shapiro. No major Democrats have indicated that they will challenge him yet.