U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced he will run for a second term, asking voters to give him time to “finish the job.”
“Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms. I believe this is ours. That’s why I’m running for reelection as President of the United States,” said Biden in a video announcing his candidacy.
Biden, who would be 86 years old at the end of a second term, faces a smooth path to the Democratic nomination, with no serious rivals having stepped up to challenge him.
The announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the day Biden declared for the White House in 2019.
“I said we are in a battle for the soul of America, and we still are,” Biden said in the video. “The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer.”
His decision sets the stage for a possible rematch against former President Donald Trump, who in November announced his intention to run for re-election as well.
Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential vote.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley launched her 2024 presidential campaign in February. Earlier this month, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) also announced an exploratory committee to run for president in 2024.
However, Trump remains the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination.