US President Joe Biden has announced his candidacy for re-election in 2024, setting the stage for a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump. Biden launched his campaign in a video, highlighting the importance of this moment as freedoms and rights are under threat.
Vice-President Kamala Harris will once again be his running mate. Biden, who is 80 years old, is already the oldest president in US history and may face questions about his age throughout the campaign.
He would be 86 after finishing a second full term in 2029. Recent polls suggest that his decision to run is divisive within the party and nationally.
However, he has a series of legislative achievements to tout on the campaign trail, including a $1.2tn infrastructure bill and the marshalling of Western support for Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.
As yet, Biden has no major challengers for the Democratic nomination, meaning a smooth path to the candidacy is almost certain.