Joe Biden: Plans are underway for the president to announce his bid for a second term next week

(CNN) Plans are underway President Joe Biden A campaign-style video is expected to be officially announced as soon as next week, to definitively answer the question of whether he will run again and spark an aggressive fundraising effort to help Democrats take the White House.

A small circle of Biden’s closest advisers and allies is preparing for a video announcement on Tuesday, which coincides with the anniversary of Biden’s 2019 campaign announcement, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

Advisers inside and outside the White House warn that the timing could still change pending unforeseen events, but a decision has been reached that “it’s no longer helpful or necessary to be blunt: He’s running,” a senior Democratic official told CNN. .

Sensational and desirous of an anniversary, Biden signed a plan to formalize his intentions early Tuesday, four years after stepping back into public service to launch his campaign in 2019.

The importance of the tie-up to the anniversary and the fact that it comes just days before major donors gather starting next Friday made it more likely, one of the people said.

Biden plans to run for re-election Although not officially announced, there has been an open truth inside the West Wing for months.

His official announcement will end any lingering speculation about his intentions, setting off a battle to convince the public of his achievements and ability to continue serving into his eighties.

Biden said last week that he had ended his “prediction” on mounting a re-election bid and would soon announce his intentions.

“I’ve already created that account. We’ll announce it relatively soon,” Biden said as he departed Ireland. He completed a campaign-style rally, one of the biggest of his career.

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“The trip here reinforced my belief in what can be done,” the president told reporters.

“I said my plan is to run again,” he said.

Biden’s aides have been quietly building an infrastructure for his re-election campaign for months. The effort was led by White House Vice President Jen O’Malley Dillon and senior adviser Anita Dunn.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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