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President Joe Biden launches 2024 re-election campaign


US President Joe Biden has announced he will run for re-election in 2024, setting the stage for a potential rematch with Donald Trump.


The Democrat had been expected to seek a second four-year term and 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".

Vice-President Kamala Harris, 58, will once again be his running mate.


Mr Biden, 80, is already the oldest president in US history and is likely to face questions about his age throughout the campaign. He would be 86 after finishing a second full term in 2029.

"It's legitimate for people to raise issues about my age," he said earlier this year. "And the only thing I can say is, watch me."


Mr Biden faced off against Mr 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 announcement video, which shows the president meeting a diverse range of Americans.

It also featured images of the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, when supporters of Mr Trump stormed the building in an effort to overturn his loss to Mr Biden.

Mr Trump has already launched his bid for the presidency, raising the prospect that both men will face each other once again on 5 November 2024. Both are considered favourites to win their nominations although Mr Trump faces competition from the likes of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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