US President Joe Biden has given another another indication that he would run for re-election in 2024.
Mr. Biden said on Monday that he “plans” to run again but is “not ready to announce it yet.”
The remarks were made during a casual interview with NBC before to the annual White House Easter children’s picnic.
Mr. Biden has previously stated his “intention” to run for re-election to another four-year term.
During a news conference last November, the president expressed his desire to run for re-election but stated that he would consider it with his family over the holiday season.
First Lady Jill Biden stated in February that the timing of the formal announcement was “pretty much” all that remained to be finalized.
During a trip to Africa, she told the Associated Press, “How many times does he have to say it before you believe it?”
Staff at the White House had hinted that an announcement may occur as early as February, but this was then pushed out to April.
According to the newest rumors, Mr. Biden may wait until the new campaign fundraising quarter begins in July to maximize the length of time he has to collect donations before having to reveal them publicly.
Quarterly fundraising totals are generally regarded as an essential indicator of a campaign’s strength.
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There are now two declared Democratic presidential contenders for 2024: best-selling self-help author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
However, no notable Democratic officeholders appear to be considering running against the incumbent.
Mr. Biden has the ability to pick the date of any formal announcement without considerable external pressure due to the lack of any credible challengers in his party.
His allies say he sees an advantage in contrasting his job as president with that of his probable Republican opponents, who are either engaged in partisan campaigning or, in Donald Trump’s case, dealing with the repercussions from a criminal charge.
In a Manhattan court last week, the former president pleaded not guilty to falsifying corporate records.
However, Mr. Biden and his aides are quietly creating a campaign team and staffing Future Forward, an independent political action committee that will offer financial support for the president’s re-election campaign.
Mr. Biden is already the oldest president in US history, at the age of 80. If re-elected, he will be 86 years old at the end of his second term.