Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: Unpopular Biden Set To Announce Reelection Bid Next Week

80-year-old federal employee will battle RFK Jr. and Marianne Williamson for Dem nomination

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April 21, 2023

President Joe Biden is preparing to release an announcement video for his reelection campaign to air next week, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Aides are working to release the message on Tuesday, which is the four-year anniversary of Biden's 2020 campaign announcement, according to the Post. Politico reported the date of the planned announcement could change. 

Biden, who is 80 years old, is already the oldest sitting president in history and would be 86 years old at the end of a second term. Age is a touchy subject for the octogenarian, who reportedly snapped at an acquaintance last year, "You think I don’t know how fucking old I am?"

The president would be the third prominent Democrat to throw his hat in the 2024 race. Marianne Williamson, the self-help author who ran in 2020, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist, both announced runs in the last two months.

Biden has hinted for weeks that he would soon announce his reelection bid. He told reporters in Ireland last week it was coming "soon" and admitted to NBC’s Al Roker earlier this month that he "plan[s] on running."

The announcement comes at a rocky time for Biden’s favorability. It fell to 39 percent this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, just 3 points away from his lowest ever rating. In 40 U.S. states, according to Morning Consult, Biden’s favorability is underwater.

The White House’s preparations also come as an IRS whistleblower alleges the president's son Hunter Biden is receiving "preferential treatment" in an investigation into alleged tax fraud. The official is seeking whistleblower protections in exchange for testimony to Congress. The White House has denied the claims. 

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