Biden reportedly set to announce 2024 decision following State of the Union

Plan allegedly hasn't changed even amid document scandal.

Updated: January 19, 2023 - 2:53pm

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President Joe Biden is reportedly still set to announce his 2024 re-election bid shortly after his State of the Union address, even amid an ongoing scandal involving classified documents at his personal residence. 

The Democratic president "was planning to launch a campaign sometime in the period after his February 7 State of the Union address" prior to that scandal, CNN reported on Thursday, and the plan remains the same in spite of that controversy.

The timeframe for the announcement "is the same," sources told the news network. 

Biden has long been expected to announce a re-election bid, even as he has seemed to struggle under the weight of the presidency while holding the title of oldest man ever elected to the office. 

Biden was 78 when he took office, a full eight years older than President Trump was when in 2016 he became at the time the oldest man elected president in his own right. 

The president will be 82 years old at the time of the next election and would be within just a few years of 90 by the time his theoretical second term ended.