President Joe Biden launches 2024 re-election campaign

US President Joe Biden has announced he will run for re-election in 2024.

The Democrat has long signalled that he will seek a second four-year term and formally launched his campaign in a video on Tuesday.

He said it was a pivotal moment with freedoms and rights under threat. “This is not a time to be complacent,” he said. “That’s why I’m running”.

Mr Biden, 80, is already the oldest president in US history and would be 86 after a second full term in 2029.

He faced off against Donald Trump in 2020, defeating the Republican after promising to “restore the soul of the United States”.

“When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America – and we still are,” Mr Biden said in the three-minute video, which shows the president meeting a diverse range of Americans.

Mr Trump has already launched his bid for the presidency, raising the prospect of a rematch between the pair on 5 November 2024. Both are considered favourites to win their nominations.

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